‘Austerity to blame’ for many children’s mental health problems

Government plans to improve mental health support for young people represent a missed opportunity because they fail to acknowledge that many problems they face are the result of public spending cuts, a group representing psychologists has said.

 The British Psychological Society wants more focus on prevention of mental health problems through maternity, perinatal, and early years services. 

The British Psychological Society (BPS) said the thrust of the government’s green paper, published in December, is “reactive”, taking the standpoint that the problem is “within the child” rather than looking at external societal factors that can impact on mental health.

Read the full article on this link to Children and Young People Now

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