The Prime Minister has this week announced a comprehensive plan that aims to transform mental health services with a particular focus on children and young people.
Speaking at the Charity Commission in London, she addressed the stigma attached to mental health stating that the Government aims to “transform the way we deal with mental health problems right across society, at every stage of life.”
Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has also announced new suicide prevention measures which includes initiatives to better support people at risk of self-harm.
The announcement from the Prime Minister included key areas that will impact on children and young people:
- The Government will launch a major thematic review into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the country to find out what is, and what isn’t, working.
- Every secondary school will receive ‘mental health first aid’ training and extra training for teachers in order to better support students experiencing mental health problems.
- The Government aims to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff.
- The Government will be investing in new digital tools for mental health alongside the suicide prevention strategy.
Prime Minister unveils plans to transform mental health support: Department of Health
Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM: BBC
Funds for mental health must reach the front line if Prime Minister’s vision is to be realised: The King’s Fund