NICCY is carrying out a big piece of work, called a Mental Health Review.

The main reason for doing this is to:

  • Find out about the things that stop or make it hard for children and young people to get good mental health services and support;
  • Find out the things that are good about mental health services and support; and
  • Tell the Government how to make mental health services better.
The Commissioner really wants to hear directly from young people about the type of mental health services and support they have used or tried to get.

Press release

You can view our Mental Health Infographic below and you can also view our interactive version here


More Information on the Review

More detail on things being covered through the review:

  1. Gathering children and young people’s (and their parents, guardians and advocates) experience of accessing or trying to access care and treatment from mental health services.
  2. Look at and map the official information on mental health services and support.
  3. Look at and map the money being spent on mental health services and support.

Mental Health 

When we use the word ‘mental health’ for short, we mean a young person’s ‘emotional wellbeing and mental health’. This includes conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, eating disorder and the wide range of other mental health problems that children and young people may experience. 

Mental Health Services and Support

When we use the term ‘mental health services / support’ we mean, those services or support provided through a GP, Counselling in School / University / College, Community Organisations, CAMHS Out-Patient appointments, A&E, Out of Hours GP, and hospital care.

We will also carry out a series of interviews with specific groups of children and young people.  These children and young people are:

  1. Those with a mental health problem and a disability; this includes a physical, learning, or sensory disability.
  2. Those with mental health problems and addiction problems.

Background information

There are a number of reports that NICCY has produced that provide more background information on the Review, they are listed below.  

If you have any questions you can contact the Lead Researcher- Christine Irvine at or on 028 9031 6384.