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Backing for new initiative on mental health issues

Beverley residents are being encouraged to take part in a new Department of Health and Social Care consultation on tackling mental health issues in children and young people.

The plea comes from Beverley MP Graham Stuart following the launch of a Government Green Paper which sets out proposals to intervene earlier in mental health cases in the young, in particular by encouraging closer working between the NHS and schools.

These proposals will include every school and college in England being incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate  existing school-based support.

The proposals also include making available £209 million to fund new Mental Health Support Teams to provide support in or near schools and colleges. And the Government will pilot a four-week waiting time standard for accessing children and young people’s mental health services.

 The Green Paper also contains a number of other proposals to improve support for young people’s mental health and Mr Stuart is encouraging people to give their thoughts on the proposals, before the deadline of March 2 by visiting –

 Sharon Japp, Headteacher of Beverley High School, commented: “Additional funding and strategies aimed at improving the mental health of young people are to be welcomed. More support for schools, additional staff in local mental health services and shorter waiting times for accessing specialist services will make a positive difference to the lives of young people and their families.”