Labour’s mental health pledge will help vulnerable children across the UK

School: It isn’t just exams that can stretch young people’s mental health. Labour’s plan could help eight million pupils.

Every school pupil in the UK will have access to mental health support under a Labour pledge to end Tory neglect – worth £845 million a year.

Vulnerable youngsters would no longer have to wait months for urgent help – all they would have to do is report to their school’s qualified counsellor.

And a network of drop-in hubs will help 300,000 more kids after it was revealed one in eight suffer at least one mental health disorder.

Here’s the Mirror:

Labour’s child mental healthcare revolution will ensure a healthier, happier generation that will benefit all of society for decades to come.

Its £845million-a-year Healthy Young Minds plan will reverse years of Tory failures that have left vulnerable youngsters waiting months for urgent care.

Early intervention would dramatically help the one in eight children suffering at least one mental disorder.

A Labour government will:

  • Recruit on-site mental health professionals for each of England’s 3,500 secondary schools.
  • Give every primary school access to qualified experts at least once a week.
  • Set up drop-in mental health hubs in every local authority to directly help 300,000 more children.

It means every one of the country’s eight million state school children will have access to help when they need it.

For information:

The number of child and adolescent mental health service appointments cancelled by the NHS in England soared by 25 per cent in the last year alone, to 175,000, according to mental health charity Mind.

The rise suggests the Tory-run system is struggling to handle the level of demand.

Children who do get treatment have to wait on average 83 days from first referral – yet early identification is crucial, with half of all mental health problems developing by the age of 14.

Around 95 per cent of teachers believe they have taught a child suffering anxiety, while 60 per cent believe at least one pupil is self-harming.

One in eight youngsters aged five to 19 had at least one mental health disorder in 2017, the last year for which data is available, NHS figures show.

Yet nearly 60 per cent of local authorities have seen a real-terms fall in low-level mental health services.

To This Writer, the choice seems clear:

Continued despair under the Tory system – or a brighter future for all our children with Labour.

Source: Labour pledges £845m for forgotten children struggling with their mental health – Mirror Online

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2 thoughts on “Labour’s mental health pledge will help vulnerable children across the UK

  1. helenmaddock33

    Hmm ~ good in theory. My daughter aged 13 was referred to the in-house counsellor who had no qualifications what so ever. The material she used was so inappropriate, it was an anger management book for 8 year olds entitled A volcano in my tummy, she was in fact acting out her grief over the death of her granddad and the impact of having our benefits stops during the Atos Attack. Be aware, check the qualifications of your schools “Pastoral Care”

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