Health call for changes to children’s and adolescent mental health provision

The Health Select Committee has reported on “serious and deeply ingrained problems with the commissioning and provision of children’s and adolescents’ mental health services.” One of the key problems highlighted is the lack of support for early intervention programmes to support children and young people before mental health problems become entrenched and increase in severity.

The report calls for an increase in funds for this area as well as an audit of existing provision. It also recommends teacher training in mental health, increased support for children who are victims of bullying and a support programme offering children support with issues they might encounter online or via social media.