Action for Children responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement to ‘put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda’

Posted by / Monday 17 June 2019 /
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Action for Children’s director of Policy and Campaigns, Imran Hussain, said:

“With growing numbers of children and teenagers battling mental health problems, we welcome any investment from the government to improve things for them – but their proposal lacks the urgent pace and ambition needed to address this crisis.

“Every day Action for Children’s front line staff see the pressures our children and teenagers are under – with many suffering day in, day out as they deal with depression, anxiety or losing sleep at night. And they’re being left without desperately needed support, due to the deep cuts made over the last decade to early help services, such as children’s centres - closing at a rate of one per week since 2010.

“The right early help services can stop problems in their tracks reducing a child’s pain and anguish as well as the need for intensive support later. Government plans now need to go further and take a more joined up approach to supporting children from their earliest years, with adequate funding and targeted support to stop a generation of children from suffering mental health issues in the future.”

 

ENDS

  • Children’s Services Manager and Blues Programme lead at Action for Children, Sue Rogers, is available for interview. 
  • Action for Children’s ‘Blues Programme’ is the first nationwide programme of its kind to deliver proven ‘early help’ for depression in secondary schools. Run by at 37 schools across the UK, the programme is aimed at teenagers aged between 15 to 18.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Beth McDonald, Media Manager, Action for Children:

07940 441 770/ [email protected]

Out of hours 07802 806 679 / [email protected]

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year.actionforchildren.org.uk