Last week, Preet visited Open Door, a youth counselling service provider in Edgbaston, to discuss their concerns around the mental health provision for young people in the city. Open Door has seen an increase in complex mental health cases, and their waiting list rise to 450 - with the majority on the waiting list requiring urgent help. Despite providing extra unfunded hours each week, they are not able to keep pace with increase demand for the service.
A different approach is required to address this growing concern, and underfunding for this much needed service remains an issue. Moving forward, Preet will be working closely with the Open Door team to campaign to improve the situation for young people so that they can better access early intervention services in the city.
You can find out more about the work of Open Door here: www.opendoorcounselling.org.uk