children's mental health
Support for children with mental health issues is actually decreasing at alarming speed. £80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone. Without access to help and treatment, children's issues will only continue into adulthood - all the time developing into more serious conditions.
It's not often a children's movie comes out that is not only funny and educational, but explains mental processes more clearly than most neuroscientists can. Although let's face it, if anyone was going to achieve it, it would be Pixar who have a record of making movies that make us laugh, cry, and think (sometimes all at once).
The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.
Because these are our children, and the problems they are exhibiting are ones we are giving them (and by we, I mean all of us living in the developed world - these problems cross countries and continents).
As a parent of a young child myself, I have to remind myself not to panic. If my conversations over the past 18 years with Place2Be's team of counsellors and therapists have taught me one thing, it's that it's never too early or too late to start thinking about your child's mental health.
The challenges are many, and the obstacles are significant. But a focus on maximising funding, creating integrated and effective services and promoting wellbeing among young people will give the incoming Minister the greatest chance of building on the momentum of the last few years. Mental ill-health often serves to harden pre-existing inequalities, and can severely impact our ability to work, build social relationships and contribute to our communities. If the ambition is to truly create the Big Society, then mental ill-health cannot be ignored.
Hearing voices may affect up to a fifth of schoolchildren aged 11 to 13, a psychiatric study has found. In most cases, the