Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to improve mental health care saying the issue is particularly serious with young people.
Caroline said head teachers in the town are concerned about mental health involving their pupils and their fears are backed up by a study from the Department of Education from last year of 30,000 pupils nationwide that found more than a third of teenage girls were depressed.
“I very much agree with the Prime Minister that mental illness and how it's treated is one of the hidden injustices in this country and I welcome her desire to see an improvement,” said Caroline.
“In terms of help for schools it will be good for every secondary school to have mental health first aid training. I also look forward to stronger links between schools and the NHS, a review of children and adolescent services in the country and a green paper on children and young people’s mental health with a view to improving services.
“But we also need to know what is causing the rise in these problems. My feeling is that social media and its constant desire to compare body image and lifestyle plus our 24/7 culture is having a really negative effect on young people in particular.
“These are initiatives the education system really do need and they are long overdue and I look forward to seeing them implemented in the years to come.
“Nothing will completely solve the challenges that mental health presents to the country, but this is a step forward.”
Other announcements by Theresa May included:
Employers and other organisations given additional training in supporting staff who need to take time off due to mental illness
An extra £15m towards a better focus on community care and less emphasis on patients visiting GPs and A&E.
Better and expanded online services to allow mental health symptom checks before patients consider seeking an appointment with a professional.