I'm going to start by leaving some stats on the table for later (aren't stats dull?) Then I'll tell you a story. UK population
For the first time since I can remember, I watched in amazed disbelief as mental health made headline six 'o'clock news: I felt emboldened by the issue finally being thrown into the spotlight, and grateful to Sir James Munby for gallantly doing it. I then felt furious when, without a hint of irony, newsreaders were telling the public of Theresa May's pledges on mental health.
It is time to recognise that 18-25 year olds aren't "adults" when it comes to mental health. Young people face a difficult transition from childhood to adult life, are squeezed by our economic system and face a wide range of pressures affecting their mental health. If special consideration applies to the mental health needs of older adults, surely it is the case that young people aged 18 to 25 deserve some recognition too.
Mental health wards for children and young people in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need, according to a new report published by the Education Policy Institute today. We have explored existing literature and data provided to us by NHS England or from existing NHS sources to get as complete a picture as possible of the state of inpatient mental health services for children and young people.
Whether you love politics, loathe it, or are indifferent, the outcome of last week's General Election matters. MPs decisions can have a big impact upon people's lives, including those of the children and young people we look out for at The Children's Society. So I am heartened by reports that more young people aged 18-24 voted this time.
Teachers have a wealth of experience of working with and supporting children. Their ability to provide a trusted, thoughtful listening ear should never be underestimated. There are multiple pressures on teachers' time, but their skills are invaluable in supporting children - especially children with mental health problems.
The pressure on overall NHS budgets puts individual CCGs in a difficult position. But if the government is serious about prioritising children's mental health services, they need to ensure that there is far greater accountability over where the new money is going.
UK parents of children with depression have an exciting and opportunity to contribute to this project and to have a say about the treatment of depression. The project team have developed a Survey Monkey questionnaire that allows parents to give their opinions on the most important questions that come up when choosing care or treatment for depression, and we would love to hear your views.
We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.
At the age of 14, Rose Walters was hospitalised for anorexia. With no friends, and no one in hospital to support her, she'd look forward to the two hours each day that her parents were allowed to visit.