Our five priorities for the next government

Our five priorities for the next government

Today, we published five recommendations for the next government on children and young people’s mental health.

On average, three children in every school class have a diagnosable mental health condition, while the number of children and young people arriving at A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2010 [1]. YoungMinds warns that there is a “mental health crisis” among young people, and is calling on all parties to commit to improving services and promoting good mental health.

The charity’s manifesto, which is being released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, calls for the next government to:

  1. Invest in additional and sustained funding for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  2. Rebalance the education system to prioritise emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  3. Strengthen and enforce rights for children in mental health hospitals.
  4. Require that all children’s services understand the impact of childhood trauma on young people’s mental health.
  5. Give young people an equal say on the mental health care and services they receive.

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said:

“Right now, far too many vulnerable young people are waiting months for specialist mental health treatment, or being turned away because their problems aren’t considered serious enough – even if they are self-harming or feeling suicidal. That is why it’s vital that the next government guarantees that services are properly funded.

“As a society, we also need to do far more to prevent mental health problems from developing in the first place. To start with, we urgently need to rebalance our education system, so that schools are able to prioritise wellbeing and not just exam results.

“Mental Health Awareness Week is the perfect time for all parties to commit to children’s mental health, and guarantee that if elected they will take action in their first 100 days.”

Further information

For further information and to arrange an interview with a spokesperson from YoungMinds please contact Nick Harrop on 020 7089 5066 or 07494 512 742. Email [email protected]

1. Office of National Statistics, 2004  (http://bit.ly/2d3aFrt); and Parliamentary  Question, 2016 (http://bit.ly/2cZCfpo). For further statistics about children and young people’s mental health visit https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/mental-health-stats/

2. YoungMinds is the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of children and empowering their parents and carers. For further information go to www.youngminds.org.uk

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