Dec 22, 2018, Nottinghamshire Live: New scheme being rolled out in Nottinghamshire schools will work to improve children's mental health https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/new-scheme-being-rolled-out-2348339 New support teams will work with schools in a bid to improve children's mental health in Nottinghamshire. Each school involved in the pilot will have a designated mental health lead, trained new mental health support teams and a new four-hour waiting time target.
It is hoped the new scheme will speed up access to specialist services and make expert advice available to those who need it the most. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said he understood the urgent need to make improvements but stressed that achieving equality of access between mental and physical health patients will take a "generation". The minister was speaking at the launch of 25 new trailblazer regions which will introduce new mental health services to a population of nearly 500,000 children and young people. Nottingham North and East and Rushcliffe have been selected to take part in the pilot. … He told the Press Association that the last few years have seen "radical improvements" to mental health services and a reduction in the stigma surrounding mental illness. … One in eight children and young people [13%] aged between five and 19 had a mental disorder in England in 2017 according to NHS Digital. … Each of the 59 mental health support teams will support about 8,000 young people across a cluster of 20 schools and colleges. The scheme was made possible by the extra £20.5 billion being investing in the NHS. [$26B US] The Government's impact assessment estimates the schemes will cost about £110 million up to 2020-21, rising to £1.59 billion by 2027-28 to roll it out across the country. … Education Secretary Damian Hinds added: "Children today experience pressures that we as adults often find hard to appreciate, or possibly even understand. "We are much more aware of mental health in the education sector now than in decades gone by and rightly so, and teachers are often able to recognise the early warning signs of changes in their pupils' behaviour or mood, but they are not mental health professionals. "That's why through these new support teams working with schools, we will speed up access to specialist services and make expert advice available to those who need it the most."