The council calls on urgent action from the government to improve mental health services for children and young people

At Borough Council last Tuesday 27 November Councillors agreed a motion to call for faster access to mental health services for those who need it

Published: Monday, 3rd December 2018

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At Borough Council last Tuesday 27 November Councillors agreed a motion to call for faster access to mental health services for those who need it and for new way’s for young people to get early help, before specialist support is required.

The motion was proposed by Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion, and seconded by Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health.

Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion, Hounslow Council, said:

“Despite greater public awareness and some new funding since 2015, it remains far too difficult for young people to get the help they need.

“Less than one in 10 young people who look for mental health support find it easy to get the help they need, and 76 per cent of parents whose children have looked for support said their child’s mental health deteriorated while waiting for help to come.”

The council calls on the government to urgently fund support for young people with emerging needs, by: 

Having faster access to mental health services for those who need it, and,
For new ways for young people to get help early, before they require specialist support

Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member Adult Social Care and Health, Hounslow Council, said:

“Mental illness remains difficult for young people and can be devastating for their families, and it is essential that they get the best possible care at the right time.

“We know that there are many pressures on young people, in school, at home and more increasingly online. In many cases the mental health of young people is largely invisible; disguised as bad behaviour or missed because there are so many other pressures on their lives. This funding will help ensure the school staff are informed on how to identify possible issues early."

To read more about the motion, visit 27 November, Agenda

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