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(UK) "Sleepwalking into a children’s mental health crisis"

July 25, 2018, Independent: Government attacked over child mental health plan and told it is ‘sleepwalking into deepening crisis’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/childrens-mental-health-crisis-schools-government-green-paper-barnardos-nspcc-a8463061.html The government has been accused of “sleepwalking into a deepening crisis” on child mental health and attacked for its flagship plans to improve it. Hundreds of mental health workers will be trained to work in and near schools from the end of next year to help boost young people’s wellbeing, after the government confirmed plans will go ahead. But the Barnardo’s children’s charity said the £300m [$400M] approved plan – first set out in a green paper last year – would still leave hundreds of thousands of children without the help they desperately need. … “Theresa May has described mental illness as a burning injustice that required a new approach from government,” said Barnado’s chief executive Javed Khan. “However, actions speak louder than words. The government’s response to the green paper consultation does not show enough action on how as a society we are going to stop sleepwalking into a children’s mental health crisis…. “With only 20-25 per cent of the country involved over the next five years, too many children and young people will continue to struggle without help, their health and education suffe ring based on a postcode lottery.”…