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Prime Minister’s speech on mental health policy

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on mental health policy Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Poor mental health and wellbeing can have a detrimental impact on the lives and outcomes of the most vulnerable. Most mental illnesses begin during childhood and early intervention and prevention alongside better integration of children’s and adult mental health services will help improve outcomes for people across their life journey. Schools are a really important part of the early help offer and we welcome the Prime Minister’s recognition of the critical role they play in identifying and supporting children and young people with mental health problems earlier before problems reach crisis point.

“Much focus has been placed on improving child and adolescent mental health services over the years with the creation of the independent Mental Health Taskforce and campaigns aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health but the quality of services across the country remains inconsistent. Going forward, we are committed to working alongside government and partners in the NHS, schools, colleges and the voluntary sector to promote the emotional, mental and social wellbeing of all children and young people. We now need to see government rhetoric result in transformative action on the ground.”


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