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PM pledges review of children’s mental health services

A major review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) will be undertaken to identify good practice as well as highlighting areas requiring a full review.

May also announced that by 2021 that all children will be able to be supported locally if they require mental health support and not be required to travel long distances.

Rethink Mental Illness director, Brian Dow, appreciated the PM’s focus on mental health but urges that commissioners should listen and act on these proposed reforms so there is unity on what happens on the frontline and what is resembled at the top.

Sarah Brennan from Young Minds expressed her concerns that any extra funding already reserved for CAMHS is not reaching local services which came after a report which highlighted that as many as two thirds of local clinical commissioning groups had used allocated money for mental health to pay for other services and to tackle cuts.

Theresa May is also looking to get schools more involved in addressing mental health with greater support between teachers and local CAMHS services. Whilst this would be welcomed, Russell Hobby, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) insists that the wider education problems need to be addressed to ensure meaningful improvements for mental health support.