Child mental health services are to get a £22 million Government lead monetary boost, the BBC reports.
More than 1,000,000 children in the UK between the ages of 5 and 16 live with a diagnosable mental health disorder at any one time. Statistics suggest this can cost up to £59,000 per child per year.
Ministers, who are eager to abolish feelings that children are being left to suffer in silence, have laid out plans to use the money over the next three years to support care. This comes after £32 million was pledged in October 2011 as part of the Mental Health Strategy. It’s believed the money will be used to offer training to NHS staff and expand services available to those in need.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has reportedly said it’s an issue that mustn’t be left to drift. Nick is keen to see the money spent on therapies that have been proven to work.
Chief Executive of mental health charity Young Minds, Sarah Brennan, said, “Intervening early when a child or young person starts struggling to cope is proven to reduce the likelihood of that young person developing much more severe and entrenched mental health problems.”