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Boost for child mental health

29th February 2012

The government has confirmed it is to make an investment of £22 million in child mental health services to improve access to counselling.

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The investment is in addition to the £32 million previously confirmed as part of the Mental Health Strategy.

Information has suggested that a tenth of children from the ages of 10-16 have mental health issues.

Over a million children suffer from a mental health problem and 50% of adults with mental health issues had symptoms by the age of 14. 

MPs have said the investment will improve services for a group which has "suffered in silence".

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "We cannot let this issue drift or rely on adult services as a cure-all. The money we are investing today will work specifically for children on therapies that are proven to work.

"Mental health must have the same priority as physical health. Giving children the treatment they need as soon as they need it will help ensure that millions of children suffering from a mental health problem will have a fairer opportunity to succeed in life."

Young Minds chief executive Sarah Brennan commented: "Intervening early when a child or young person starts struggling to cope is proven to reduce the likelihood of that young person developing much more severe and entrenched mental health problems."

 

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