Prime Minister's Plan to End the 'Hidden Injustice' of Mental Health

9 January 2017

Today in a speech to the Charity Commission, the Prime Minister set out a plan to end the “hidden injustice” of mental ill-health.

Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) said:

“The first priority of any society must be the mental health and wellbeing of its children and young people. The Coalition has called for the Prime Minister to lead on this issue and we are delighted that she has recognised its crucial importance.  We specifically welcome the focus the government is placing on schools. They are the front line in preventing children from developing mental health problems and for society more broadly as many problems live on into adulthood.

“This cannot be about just ensuring a designated teacher within a school is literate in mental health, we need to promote a whole school approach encompassing all teachers and pupils. We need education, health and social care professionals to work together and form a true team around the child.

“The detail announced today needs to be refined and built on. Money promised has to reach front line services, and we need to see increased coordination between services. To this end, the Coalition welcomes the announcement of a thematic review of children and adolescent mental health services across the country, led by the Care Quality Commission, to identify what is working and what is not. We look forward to contributing both to the review and the green paper when it is published.

“Children and young people’s mental health has quite rightly risen in public prominence – the Coalition looks forward to the implementation of real change in the coming years as a matter of urgency.”