Telford MP, Lucy Allan has welcomed Theresa May’s pledge of extra support for schools to help with the mental health of children.
In a lecture to the Charity Commission the Prime Minister set out proposals that will see each school offered mental health first aid training to increase awareness around mental health and tackle the stigma that often surrounds it. A new green paper will examine how services can be transformed in schools.
Children and Adolescent Mental Health services across the country will reviewed by the Care Quality Commission to evaluate the services on offer and seek out the best practice.
In addition to child mental health, an expert review into how mental wellbeing in the workplace can be improved will be launched. This review will be led by long time campaigner, Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer CBE the CEO of Mind and Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce.
Commenting, Lucy Allan MP said: “This announcement from the Prime Minister is most welcome and will help tackle one of society’s remaining stigmas.
“Around 25% of people will suffer from ill mental health at some point in their lives. It is perfectly normal and time for mental health to have the same parity as physical health.
“Extra support in schools is particularly welcome. Not only will this help Telford children but it will begin to create a culture shift in which there is no need for people to feel ashamed or embarrassed should they suffer from ill mental health.”