School Support for Mental Health

Budgets for dealing with mental health issues in the UK have been cut as well as the number of mental health nurses has fallen. 40% of mental health trusts in England had their budget cut in 2016. The awareness of the need for mental health facilities and support has grown and funding has diminished.

Still the Government wants to implement a plan that places mental health support in secondary schools. The target is to have support in one in four schools by 2022. This will be funded by an additional £1.28 billion earmarked for mental health support. While this is welcome, so much more needs to be done. Anyone suffering with mental health issues will tell you the need for support is often urgent and immediate. Mental health will need to cease being the “poor cousin” to physical health.