One child in 20 has a severe behavioural problem. This often has a devastating impact on a child's future, greatly increasing the risk of suicide, poor health, unemployment and crime.

Yet there is increasingly strong evidence of the effectiveness of well-designed early intervention programmes.

Effective parenting interventions have been found to cost about £1,200 for each child and to create benefits of £225,000 over the lifetime of a child with severe conduct problems.

Early years interventions are recommended in Graham Allen MP's independent review and by Centre for Social Justice in its recent review of mental health.

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Falling through the gaps

Falling through the gaps Women who have depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after giving birth are not having their needs recognised and not getting the support they need as a result.

GPs need more and better information about perinatal depression and anxiety and how to respond.

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Investing in children's mental health

Investing in children's mental health examines the costs and the benefits of a range of interventions to prevent or treat some of the most common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

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Maternal mental health

We are part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) - a coalition of UK organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

Investing in mental health at this early stage can have a dramatic impact on long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers, children, families and society.