Policy

4 December 2017

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

Department of Health & Department for Education

 

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

 

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. Every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health.

The Burning Injustice of Mental Illness

9 January 2017

Theresa May, Prime Minister sets out her vision to transform mental health support. On Video this part of the speech starts at location 19 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Speech and Video Link

 

25:40   "Treatment is only part of the answer. We must look at what more can be done to prevent mental health problems, and work with you to capitalise on the crucial role civil society has to play in helping young people – and indeed people of all ages – build resilience." 

 

We know from the research "mindfulness" is a powerful contributor to "building resilience in children."

MYRIAD: Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence
This £6.4 million 7 year research programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is being carried out by teams at the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Exeter.