The UK government has announced plans to increase access to mental health services for children and young people. The move comes as a response to the rise of mental health issues among young people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measures include expanding mental health support teams in schools to ensure that every school and college in England has access to a dedicated team. The government also plans to increase the number of mental health support staff in the National Health Service (NHS) and provide additional training for teachers to recognize the signs of mental health issues in their students.
Furthermore, the government aims to provide 24/7 crisis care by 2022-2023, which will ensure young people can access urgent support outside of normal working hours. This will be complemented by a new mental health crisis service that will be available to children and young people who require urgent mental health support.
According to the latest figures, the number of children and young people seeking mental health support has increased significantly in the past year. The pandemic has contributed to this rise, with lockdowns, school closures, and social distancing measures impacting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The government’s plans aim to ensure that young people have access to the support they need to improve their mental health.