A local NHS trust has announced plans to strengthen mental health services for children, young people and their families in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Cross Lane Hospital, has approved plans to develop a new £1.3 million community base for child and adolescent mental health services in Scarborough.
The new facility near Eastfield will open in July this year, replacing Beck House and providing much improved accommodation for patients and staff.
There are an estimated 30,000 young people living in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale and up to 10 per cent of five to 15 year olds will have a diagnosable mental health problem.
The local specialist mental health teams support and treat young people up to the age of 18 years with a range of problems such as eating disorders, psychosis or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Adele Coulthard, director of operations for North Yorkshire at the trust, said: “We want to make sure that children and young people with mental health problems get the support and treatment they need quickly and this investment will help us improve services across Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.”
The trust is also recruiting an additional consultant psychiatrist.