“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.”