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(UK) Schools Week: $400M for school mental health will only reach 25% of kids by 2023

July 25, 2018, Schools Week: First school mental health support teams will be set to work ‘by the end of 2019’ https://schoolsweek.co.uk/first-school-mental-health-support-teams-will-be-set-to-work-by-the-end-of-2019/ New mental health support teams will start working with schools “by the end of 2019”, the government has confirmed. Ahead of their official response to a consultation on children and young people’s mental health, the Department for Education and Department of Health have announced they will proceed with plans to employ thousands of extra staff to support the schools community. However, the timeframe for the scheme has again come under fire, after it was confirmed that it will reach a maximum of 25 per cent of the population by 2023…. In December, the two departments announced plans to spend £95 million [$125M US] putting “senior mental health leads” in schools. A further £215 million [283M US] will be spend on creating local “mental health support teams”, which will work between schools and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and offer support and treatments in schools, including cognitive behaviour therapy. … Both schemes are supposed to be rolled out to “at least 20 to 25 per cent of the population by the end of 2022-23”. … “Young people today face different pressures from those of the generations before them and, at times, it can prove difficult to know how to navigate them,” said Damian Hinds, the education secretary. …