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SANE comment: Mental health workforce in schools
Added: 25th Jul 2018

Responding to the government's plans to create a new NHS mental health workforce to support children in schools and colleges, Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, says: “The government’s plan is welcome, and the measures to train a new dedicated workforce and reduce waiting times cannot come soon enough for children and families unable to get the help that they need.

“Tens of thousands of young people in crisis are turned away from children’s mental health services each year, and even those lucky enough to be referred can typically expect to wait for months before they see a specialist.

"This is a tragic missed opportunity, given that three-quarters of mental health problems emerge during adolescence. Without prompt and effective treatment problems that could be resolved can spiral, increasing the risk of long-term mental ill-health. This makes a mockery of the government’s pledge to ensure parity of esteem between physical and mental health problems.”

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