Alistair Burt has welcomed new measures to transform the way we approach and deal with mental health in North East Bedfordshire, and across the country, so that more children and young people receive support and care.

There will be new support for every secondary school in North East Bedfordshire. Each school will be offered mental health first aid training to increase awareness around mental health, along with help to tackle the unacceptable stigma around the issue. To support this initiative, new proposals will outline how mental health services for schools, universities and families can be improved, so that everyone in the community is supported, at every stage of life.

The Government will also be reviewing children and adolescent mental health services. This will help to identify what is already working and what can be improved, so that more children and young people get the mental healthcare they need and deserve.

These proposals are part of a wide range of measures to improve mental health provision and make sure no one is left behind. There will be an expert review into how we can improve mental wellbeing in the workplace so that employees receive more care. There will be more support in the community, ensuring that everyone in need can access the best support for their needs. More online services will be provided and the system will be made fairer for people suffering from mental health problems.

Alistair said:

“As Minister for mental health, I worked with the Department for Education on improving young people’s mental health and I welcome these further steps.

These new proposals will ensure that children and young people in North East Bedfordshire receive the compassion, care and treatment they deserve. Mental healthcare will be improved in schools, workplaces and universities and those suffering from mental illness will be able to access the right care for their needs, whilst we also tackle the injustices people with mental health problems face.

But children and young people’s mental health services will only benefit if the resources given by central government are spent locally, and I will be watching this process very carefully to ensure that this happens”.