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New school mental health measures

Education minister Sam Gyimah announced a series of measures to improve mental health support and education in schools.

He has confirmed that he will work with the PSHE Association to build awareness of mental wellbeing through better personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, and ensure schools are able to identify mental health needs early and provide support.

He announced plans for a new departmental (DfE) strategy that will encourage experts to share best practice on school-based counselling services and that this was only the start of his commitment to improving CAMHS.

He said that one of the biggest challenges will be ending the stigma attached to mental health conditions, but he believes that attitudes are beginning to change.

“If pupils can admit without fear or shame that they are struggling and that they need help, and if they can then get help quickly and sensitively then we are on our way. In other words, if we reach a point where mental health is no longer a barrier to success, where the right systems are in place to help all children unlock their potential.”