“We have long been calling for early support hubs to be established in every local area so young people can access early mental health support and advice in their community. After years of campaigning, we are proud to see a commitment to early support hubs in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats manifestos.

The political parties have listened to our calls to fund the hubs. We would like to thank the thousands of young people and our colleagues from across the sector who added their voices to our campaign.

This is a fantastic win for the Fund the Hubs campaign. But the truth is that a manifesto commitment is only the first step. Whoever forms the next government must make their promise a reality. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The roll out must see sustainable funding for the network of services that are already embedded in local areas and establish additional hubs in currently underserved areas. Any national implementation of hubs must also not lose sight of their central function, providing early access and providing drop-in mental health and wellbeing support.

We look forward to working with the new government to support national implementation of the early support hub model, so that every young person can benefit from mental health support in their local community.”

The Fund the Hubs campaign group