MP brands mental health support 'dismal'

MP brands mental health support 'dismal'

DEWSBURY MP Paula Sherriff has called on the Education Secretary to do more to provide mental health support in schools.

The Labour MP highlighted the issue in Parliament after a Nuffield Trust health report revealed that six times more children and young people suffer from a mental health condition than a generation ago.

Charity Young Minds also reported that three quarters of young people referred to NHS mental health services waited so long that their condition deteriorated further by the time they got appropriate medical help.

Questioning the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, Miss Sherriff said: “The Government has pledged to train a teacher in every school in mental health first aid.

“Identification is one thing but provision is another, and in some areas the provision of mental health support is absolutely dismal – particularly for children and adolescents. Will the Secretary of State therefore today pledge to match Labour’s election promise of placing a counsellor in every high school?”

She added: “We need a different approach that includes mental health budgets being ring-fenced, the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people increased, and school-based counselling services for pupils in every secondary school.”

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