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  • MP BACKS GREATER FOCUS ON HELPING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AT AN EARLY AGE

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement that his constituency will be among the second wave of areas to benefit from mental health support teams specifically for children and young people. The teams will work with schools and colleges to provide a link with young people’s mental health services, ensuring more pupils people get the support they need, when they need it. Schools and colleges in Central Devon will also get priority access next year to mental health training. 

    The announcement is backed by nearly £10 million in funding and will be provided through workshops which bring school and college staff together with NHS professionals. The announcement is part of the Government’s wider programme to support young people’s mental health, which includes an additional £1.4 billion investment and the introduction of compulsory health education lessons from 2020.

    Mr Stride said:

    “Improving links between our school and college staff and our NHS professionals will ensure more pupils who are struggling with mental health problems get the help they need. With half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders beginning by the age of 14, providing more support earlier in someone’s life could have a major impact on their health for decades to come.”








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