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Passport-style guide outlines young people's mental health history

Young people with mental health problems can now hold a pocket-sized record of their condition under a scheme developed by NHS England.

The document, which can also stored as an electronic file on mobile phones, includes details on current mental health issues, medical history and treatment preferences. Young people can decide what information is included on the record. 

The scheme has been developed so that the young person can avoid having to explain about their condition history to each new medical practitioner they see.

The concept was developed by young people, parents and carers working with NHS England, and has emerged in response to the government's Future in Mind report on mental health. The report recommended that children should not have to repeat their medical history to different people.

Jackie Cornish, NHS England's national clinical director for children, young people and transition to adulthood, said: "The passport is a way for young people to own the information about their time in a service and their story; it gives them a level of control they value and means they can share it with other services if they wish. We hope all care providers will acknowledge the passport and use them across care settings.”