December Mental Health News Round Up
Our round up of December's key mental health news stories, affecting children and young people.
Government lay out plans for CAMHS
On Monday 4th December the Government published a Green Paper laying out their plans for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The proposals include introducing mental health support teams (linked to groups of schools and colleges), designated leads for mental health in all schools, new guidance for schools that will address the effect of trauma and a four-week waiting time across CAMHS.
Sarah Brennan, our Chief Executive, says:
Quote taken from an interview on Channel 4 News
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To hear what we think about the Green Paper, read our blog post:
NHS survey shows over a quarter of women struggling with mental health
A survey by NHS Digital has shown an increase in mental illness across England, with 28% of women aged 16-24 struggling with their mental health. Participants were asked about their general levels of happiness, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and self-confidence. The research shows that in both young men and women, the percentage of people struggling with their mental health has risen since 2012.
Tom Madders, our Director of Communications & Campaigns, says:
"We are facing a mental health crisis for children and young people. Teens face pressures including stress at school, bullying, body issues and the added burden of the 24/7 online world. Girls may also be affected by early sexualisation, and the feeling that their life needs to be as flawless as pictures in news feeds."