For Manchester based young people there is currently a 14 week waiting time for an initial assessment/meeting. There will be a second wait after assessment for counselling, therapy and one-to one support, depending on what kind of service is needed. There are shorter waiting times associated with our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT services).
For young people based in Salford the waiting time for assessment is approximately 23 weeks. We expect this to reduce soon.
The waiting time for an assessment is 8 weeks.
In Tameside and Glossop the waiting time is 41 weeks. Please note that this is the waiting time to begin therapeutic support. In Tameside and Glossop, there is no wait between assessment and therapeutic support.
The long wait for some of our therapeutic services for young people is due to increases in the number of referrals and self-referrals that 42nd Street is receiving which puts pressure on our limited staff team. We recognise that these waiting times are not acceptable and we are doing everything that we can at 42nd Street and in collaboration with partners, commissioners and funders to address them; we know how important it is that young people are able to access the right support, at the right time and in the right place.
If you are a young person currently waiting for support at 42nd Street, please tell us about your experience and what you think we can do to support you during this time: bit.ly/2unc3N2
There are group and creative opportunities at 42nd Street, open to young people from across Greater Manchester, that it may be possible to access more quickly, these can be found on our projects and activities pages . If you click though to Self-Help Resources you will also find some helpful links to online support, helplines and web-based resources such as the national MindEd programme. Of course we are always here to talk if you have any immediate concerns and there are other services in Manchester that may be able to meet your needs more quickly, so please don’t hesitate to call us on 0161 228 7321 and we will arrange for you to speak with one of our team.
Please feel free to contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to raise any specific issues.
Simone Spray, Chief Executive at 42nd Street