Centre welcomes further Government investment in mental health support for children and young people

29 February 2012

“Investing in treatment for young people with mental health problems should greatly improve their life chances and needs to be a priority for the NHS and local authorities across the country.”

Sean Duggan, chief executive of Centre for Mental Health today welcomed the announcement that the Government is investing a further £22 million in psychological therapies for children and young people and called for a greater focus on other proven interventions to improve children’s mental health.

“We welcome the pledge to increase funding for psychological therapy services for children and young people and for training for health professionals, teachers and social workers. Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing has been neglected for too long. We need also to see more families being offered proven parenting interventions and to ensure that all schools support the mental health of their pupils throughout their education.

“Investing in children’s mental health today will bring both immediate and longer term benefits to children, to their families, to their communities and to taxpayers.”

The Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime cover image - snakes and ladders in a playground A very high proportion of those who have the most serious conduct problems during childhood will go on to become involved in criminal activity.

This paper makes the case for greatly increased investment in evidence-based programmes to reduce the prevalence and severity of conduct problems in childhood.

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The Early Years programme

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 the Centre for Social Justice in its recent review of mental health.

We are working on a project to find out what makes an effective early intervention programme.