£22m funding for youth mental health scheme

Friday March 2nd, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced £22m worth of funding for a new children’s mental health programme.

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project will use the money to boost psychological therapies and extend training for people working with young people outside of health settings, such as in schools or youth groups, over the next three years.

Mr Clegg said: “This is vital investment that will give children the very best tailored treatment to restore them to good health, so that their illnesses are not simply swept under the carpet. With one in ten young people suffering from a mental health problem, we cannot let this issue drift or rely on adult services as a cure-all. The money we are investing will work specifically for children on therapies that are proven to work.

“Mental health must have the same priority as physical health. Giving children the treatment they need as soon as they need it will help ensure that millions of children suffering from a mental health problem will have a fairer opportunity to succeed in life.”

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