9 Jan 2017

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on social reform today, The Children’s Society Chief Executive Matthew Reed said:


“The Prime Minister’s decision to make mental health the main focus of her speech on social reform today is an important and hugely welcome step forward in confronting the stigma of mental health. In the mental health services The Children’s Society runs, we see many of the issues raised by the Prime Minister day in and day out.


“Support in schools and colleges is crucial for children and young people with mental health problems. While specialist training for teachers is welcome, our concern is that teachers are often already overstretched. Access to counselling in every school and college is needed to ensure that children and young people get the help they need.


“The money earmarked for mental health services for children and young people has all too often been spent elsewhere - this funding must be ring-fenced. What’s more, to fund the support that vulnerable young people urgently need, additional funding, on top of that already pledged in 2015, is required.


“Today the Prime Minster laid bare the impact that debt can have on mental health. Our research has found that family debt takes a toll on children too, with children from families with multiple debts more likely to experience mental health problems. That’s why we’re calling for ‘breathing space’ to give struggling families a pause from more charges, interest and enforcement action while they put their finances in order and get back on their feet.”

 

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