Improving children’s mental health

Its report found that many are turned away because they are not ill enough, others face long waits – and it could be years before that changes.

What have you tried to do to improve the mental health of the citizens you represent and especially young people?”

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May and NHS England bosses set out a vision for the health service that focused on preventing ill health, which is welcome, but was sadly lacking in detail about funding.

With one in eight five to 19-year-olds having a mental health disorder and an increasing number of five to 15-year-olds suffering from an emotional disorder – currently 5.8 per cent – mental health issues are affecting the life chances of young people.

If not tackled, this will be a massive legacy, and will bite us on the bum big time. The question you need to ask yourself is what have YOU tried to do to improve the mental health of the citizens you represent and especially those young people?

As my good friend and colleague Norman Lamb MP said: “We cannot let mental health slide down the agenda because of Brexit.” The message is simple – do not let that happen!

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