Lib Dem Press: Tories must not neglect young people with mental illness

Responding to an official report published today revealing one in eight children and young people aged between 5 and 19 surveyed in England in 2017 had a mental disorder, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:

“These troubling figures reveal the true extent of mental health problems among children. The Conservative Government has a stark choice: either invest in services and give our children the best possible chance in life, or be responsible for the neglect of an entire generation of young people.

“Mental illness can blight the lives and futures of children without the right interventions, but today’s report by the Children’s Commissioner is a brutal reminder of how vulnerable young people too often hit a brick wall when trying to access support.

“As a Minister in the Coalition Government, I secured funding for this prevalence survey so that we could understand the full scale of children’s mental health problems and make sure that the right support is in place. The Tories have a moral duty to make good on that commitment.

“Ministers needs to think about spending money not just on crisis response but preventing people from getting to this point in the first place, particularly by reversing cuts they have imposed for early years. New waiting time standards will also be crucial to incentivise investment in services.”

The Science and Technology Select Committee, Chaired by Norman Lamb, recently published a report on early-years intervention which can be accessed here.

The Children’s Commissioner report can be read here.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

One Comment

  • Sue Sutherland 23rd Nov '18 - 4:26pm

    These are shocking figures. It occurs to me that the government’s austerity policies also put pressure on children because so many parents find it difficult to make ends meet. At the same time they are under much more pressure at school through endless testing.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael 1 13th Dec - 7:11am
    Sadly I see the SNP have ended up on 48 seats depriving us of the sight of Ruth Davidson taking a cold dip! Good to...
  • User AvatarRichard S 13th Dec - 6:54am
    There are comments asking why the results have changed since the Euro elections. They haven't changed. Past experience shows that UKIP general election performances didn't...
  • User AvatarMartin Land 13th Dec - 6:34am
    Very much as I expected. Time to bring back the King over the Water?
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 13th Dec - 6:28am
    Paula Ferguson was 985 behind in Winchester.
  • User Avatarfrankie 13th Dec - 6:26am
    There will be going forward many comments stating " The Tories went low they lied, we played nice and went high" yes very true but...
  • User AvatarDan M-B 13th Dec - 6:20am
    In the wash up I'd like to see some thought given to the way we have been misrepresenting some of our polling positions. Take NES...
Tue 7th Jan 2020