Mental health network

Early mental health care for children and young people can transform lives, says Mental Health Network

Sean Duggan

Responding to today’s Government announcement of investment in projects to support children and young people’s mental health, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:

"Supporting the mental health of our young people is one of the most important things our society can do. 

"Head teachers say pupil wellbeing and mental health is one of their top concerns and evidence shows that 75 per cent of mental health issues are established by the age of 24, so early care has the potential to transform so many lives and allow young people to reach their full potential.

"The Mental Health Network has a diverse membership, including many not-for profit organisations that provide amazing, personalised care to people in their local communities, such as Place2Be, which works closely with schools and York Mind.

“We recognise that often the best place to receive mental health support is not in a hospital or formal clinical setting so the range of community-based schemes backed today is very encouraging and we will need to see these schemes supported long into the future beyond the one-year funding announced today.”

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