£79 million to boost mental health in schools

The government has announced that nearly three million children in England to be supported by mental health support teams in schools.

The number of mental health support teams in schools and colleges will grow from 59 to 400 by April 2023, helping staff within schools and colleges to provide a ‘whole school approach’ to mental health and well-being through training sessions for parents or workshops for teachers.

Research shows that young people have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic and lockdown, with NHS research suggesting one in six may now have a mental health problem, up from one in nine in 2017.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, access to community mental health services will also be expanded, giving 22,500 more children and young people access to help and support by 2021 to 2022 – including talking therapies and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Over the last year great focus has rightly been placed on our physical health, but I am incredibly conscious of the impact the pandemic has had on people’s mental health and well-being. Children and young people have been particularly impacted by disruption to their routine, education and social lives and I am committed to doing all I can to ensure mental health support is there for those who need it.

“Our response to this global pandemic will not only treat the public health threat of coronavirus but ensure our clinicians have the resources to respond to the long-term impact on people’s mental health, to provide support to everyone in their hour of need.”

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