Tuesday 11 September 2018 / 7:00 PM Barbara Keeley / Mental Health

Vulnerable children and young people are waiting as long as eighteen months to get treatment – Barbara Keeley

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Mental Health and Social Care Minister, responding to the Nuffield Trust report on an increase in mental health conditions in children and young people, said:

“This startling increase in self-reporting of mental health conditions among children and young people makes it all the more urgent that we have well-resourced mental health services that prevent their conditions from worsening, yet a generation of children and young people is being failed by this Tory Government’s complacent attitude to mental health.

“Vulnerable children and young people are waiting as long as eighteen months to get treatment or being told to exaggerate their conditions by GPs just to be seen – these problems won’t be solved by the Government’s inadequate proposals to support children’s mental health services.

“Labour will invest a greater proportion of the mental health budget in children and young people’s mental health services and ring-fence budgets so that funding reaches the front line.”