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Barnardo's responds to Theresa May's speech on mental health

Release Date: 09 Jan 2017

In a speech today, the Prime Minister pledged to transform attitudes to mental health and announced that every secondary school will be offered mental health first aid training.

Theresa May also announced that by 2021 no child will be sent away from their local area to recieve treatment for a mental health issue.

In response to this, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

“Theresa May is right to say that mental illness has been a ‘burning’ injustice in our society for far too long and much more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

“This is especially true for children and young people’s mental health services which are already stretched to crisis point.

“As half of mental health conditions are present by the age of 14, we welcome the focus on schools to help detect and treat problems early so children can go on and lead happy, healthy lives. But schools need greater support and resources to do this.

"Vulnerable children and young people such as those leaving care, or victims of sexual exploitation must be prioritised in the government's future review of mental health services. Evidence shows they are more likely to need mental health care than other children.”

For more information, please contact Barnardo's national media team on 0208 498 7555.

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