Experiences of young people in a 16–18 Mental Health Service

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Background:16–18-year-old young people experience a relatively high incidence of mental health problems but there is a paucity of research on their experience of mental health services (MHS).Method:To gain understanding of young people's experiences of 16–18 MHS, we used qualitative Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Ten young people in two 16–18 MHS were interviewed about experiences of using MHS.Results:Five superordinate themes emerged from the data analysis, ‘Power Differentials’, ‘Parental Involvement’, ‘Developmentally Attuned Services’, ‘Developing Self-Expression’, ‘Continuity and Loss of Relationships’.Conclusions:Respondents valued developmentally appropriate MHS and emphasised the value of continuity in therapeutic relationships.

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