Response to Government's £32m investment in children and young people's mental health

Release Date: 26 October 2011

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, responds to the Government’s announcement that it is to invest £32 million in children and young people’s mental health:

"We are very pleased to see the Government is fulfilling its commitment to invest more in talking therapies for children and young people, following the announcement today that the Government will invest £32 million in psychological therapies to help children and young people suffering from mental health problems.

In light of this announcement, the Mental Health Foundation are delighted to be a part of the BOND Consortium (Better Outcomes, New Delivery) – a programme funded by the Department for Education, which aims to build the capacity of voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver early intervention mental health support for children and young people.

Also, we must not forget that a child’s early years are crucially important in terms of developing good mental wellbeing and emotional resilience. We must invest in improved health visitor support and parenting skills in the first months and years of a child’s life. This is a key focus of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation."