The coalition is to invest more money in provision for tackling mental health issues, particularly amongst children and teenagers:
It is widely acknowledged that there have been significant improvements in adult services over the past decade, particularly in relation to the support available in the community. In contrast, the network of child and adolescent mental health services – funded jointly by the NHS and local government – have been criticised for having long waiting lists and patchy provision of services.
The problems have led to children being treated by adult services in places. The transition from child to adult care during the teenage years is also considered inadequate. The government’s strategy, which is being backed by an extra £400m of funding by 2014, will aim to boost psychological therapies, such as counselling.
This is good news, as those with mental health issues don’t often have the access to the right treatment. One only has to look at the prison population, which contains many individuals with mental health issues who should be in a secure hospital receiving treatment rather than being locked up behind bars.
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