Background/introduction Within Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) clinics identification of Mental Health (MH) problems is an important part of a consultation with young people (YP).
Aim(s)/objectives To review the number of YP who had documentation of a conversation regarding MH.
Methods Electronic patient records of 103 attendees were selected at random and reviewed.
Results MH discussion was documented in 81% (26/32) of <16s, 67% (n = 20/30) aged 16, 37% (n = 15/41) of those aged 17–18 years. Of these Child and Adolescent MH Services (CAMHS) were accessed by 23% (6/26) <16s (2/6 lost FU), 15% (n = 3/20) aged 16 and 7% (n = 1/15) aged 17–18 years. Of these ten disclosed the following specific disorders ADHD (2), self-harm (3), depression (2), anorexia and past sexual abuse (1) and conduct disorder (1), suicidal thoughts (1). 3/9 aged 16 and under who had accessed CAMHS disclosed sexual abuse.
Discussion/conclusion Sexual health is an important access point for YP with mental health problems, new or lost to follow up and may be associated with a disclosure of sexual abuse. Significant pressures exist in CAMHS services. Shared clinical experience and robust links between sexual health, CAMHS, general practice and youth services with appropriate referral pathways are important. We recommend training for all SRH staff should include: skills in eliciting MH problems in all consultations with YP, awareness of common MH problems in adolescence and knowledge of local service configuration including thresholds for referral to appropriate providers.