May calls for revolution in child mental health care

9th January 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a string of measures aimed at reducing the stigma around mental illness, and has announced that every school will have mental health first aid training in a bid to catch problems early.

“We know mental illness too often starts in childhood and, left untreated, can blight lives.”

Government plans will see 1,200 secondary schools - equivalent to one in three - offered mental health first aid training this year, with support for the remainder rolled out by the end of 2019. Staff will be offered guidance on how to identify and help children who are suffering from depression and anxiety, with training to also offer support on identifying youngsters at risk of self-harm and suicide. Other measures to be announced include the tightening of anti-discrimination laws to give those with mental illness greater protection against losing their job or facing disciplinary action, and a £15m investment in “crisis cafés” and community clinics so that sufferers do not have to visit their GP or A&E department.

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