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(UK) Banbury MP committed to mental health support for young people; $1.9B (US) being spent

July 6, 2018, Banbury Guardian: Children’s mental health: Banbury MP says early intervention is vital https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/health/children-s-mental-health-banbury-mp-says-early-intervention-is-vital-1-8558295 Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has outlined her commitment to early intervention in the final part of this paper’s investigation into young people and mental health. She described waits for appropriate, necessary treatment as a ‘tragedy’ for families. Mrs Prentis was responding to the BG’s spotlight on the alarming rise in referrals of primary and secondary school children to the Oxfordshire mental health services. She said: “As the mother of two teenagers, I am very familiar with the pressures young people face. The internet, social media and smart phones may have expanded horizons but it has come at a price. “One in ten young people has some form of diagnosable mental health condition today, and half of all conditions become established before the age of fourteen,” she said. … “Last December, the government published its Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision Green Paper. “It sets out an ambitious vision to help children showing early signs of distress so that they can access the right help, in the right setting, when they need it and before it is too late. “Next steps will be announced when responses to the public consultation have been analysed. In the meantime, an additional £1.4 billion is being invested to support clinical commissioning groups and various national programmes, including crisis support and expanding the workforce,” said Mrs Prentis. … “Evidence tells us schools and colleges can, and do, play a vital role in identifying mental health needs at an early stage, referring young people to specialist services and working with others to support young people experiencing problems. …