Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul
Theresa May has pledged to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.
The prime minister announced on Monday extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers.
Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services.
Mrs May’s speech comes as she outlined her plans to use the state to create a “shared society”.
She promised to “transform” attitudes to mental health problems as part of an event at the Charity Commission.
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The government says that, at any time, one in four people has a mental disorder, with an annual cost of £105bn, and that young people are affected disproportionately.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the focus of the new measures was on children and young people – an area of care he said was a “black spot” – as the pressures of social media, cyber bullying and a big increase in self-harming was a “massive worry for parents”.