Act on children’s mental ill health or risk national crisis

03 Oct 2016


According to Prof Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, unless the government spends heavily now on mental health services for children, the UK faces a “tsunami” of adults with mental health problems in the future. She argues that the investment is needed now to help minimise the stresses that this generation of children is under, alongside education and training in how to be more resilient. 

“I describe mental health services as a car crash waiting to happen,” Bailey said. “The government is starting to do the right thing, NHS England is pulling the money through, but there are so many factors mitigating against it succeeding that it needs a financial fuel injection, right now.”

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