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| February 17, 2019

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Greens call for more support for children’s mental health in schools

Greens call for more support  for children’s mental health in schools
Lorraine Bigi

The Green Group of Councillors have urged Brighton & Hove City Council to invest further into mental health support in schools. Despite the positive work schools are doing, the lack of funding prevents them from doing the job adequately.

The resources will fund training for staff as well as activities that would prevent mental health disorders from developing early. There will be a particular focus on anxiety and depression.

This news comes shortly after it was revealed that the Conservative Government’s NHS Long Term Plan, which pledged for increased youth mental health support, would only reach 345,000 children by 2024.

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Clrr Amanda Knight said: “While fantastic work is underway in our city to support mental health, current central government funding has not been able to provide the levels of support our schools need.

“Their current plans to reach a handful of pupils by 2030 are completely inadequate, and ignore the immediate needs of thousands of our children.”

The statistics remain alarming. The number of 10-24 year olds in Brighton admitted to hospital for self harm is higher than the rest of England, and around 15% of 14-16 year olds admitted they often have suicidal thoughts.

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