This week the Labour Party has committed the next government to a radical improvement in mental health provision with more emphasis on prevention, early intervention and better support, particularly for young people.
The announcement followed the publication of the report of Stephen O'Brien's independent Mental Health Taskforce which was commissioned by the Labour Party.
The proposals include:
- ensuring children have social and emotional learning or resilience training as well as education to combat cyber bullying
- restoring funding to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- improving access to CAHMS and psychological therapies as well as counselling services through their school
- protecting early action and intervention spending and providing early intervention psychosis services
Welcoming the commitment Cllr Danny Hassell, Labour lead for Schools and Children's Services said:
"I wholeheartedly welcome this commitment that a Labour Government would protect funding and improve access to child mental health services. These proposals would ensure any child who is struggling gets linked up with the health and support they need. Too often these vital interventions and support are not provided at the right time for young people and yet around 10 per cent of children at any one time have a diagnosable mental health problem."
"I especially welcome the proposals for ensuring children have social and emotional learning or resilience training. This will help improve the emotional health and wellbeing as well as reduce the stigma around mental health issues."
"The only way to ensure these proposals are delivered for our children is by having a Labour Government, committed to delivering in this important area, elected this May."