LGA responds to Early Intervention Foundation report into mental health in schools


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Commenting on the Early Intervention Foundation’s report warning of an increase in mental health issues among secondary school children, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board said:

“Councils have worked closely with schools and other partners to provide support to children and young people, but have had to increasingly divert early intervention spending towards more acute services due to overstretched budgets and increasing demand.

“With the annual cost of mental health problems in England estimated to be £119 billion, the Government should use their ten year mental health strategy to ensure that local mental health services have sufficient funding to meet current, unmet and new demand for mental health support, including preventative mental wellbeing work that can stop the escalation of mental health needs so that more costly NHS treatment is avoided.”