Dec 19, 2017, (UK) Yorkshire Post: Jonathan Glazzard: Pledge on mental health is just a start https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/jonathan-glazzard-pledge-on-mental-health-is-just-a-start-1-8917858 THE Government’s determination to address mental health issues in children and young people is commendable, and represents a political commitment to a very important issue. The Prime Minister is determined to correct, in her words, the ‘historic injustice’ of unfair discrimination and poor treatment. Support for children and young people in schools and colleges is inconsistent and waiting times too long. One in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health condition and children with mental health problems face unequal life chances. Half of problems are established before the age of 14. … Firstly, it is proposed that a ‘Designated Senior Leader’ for children and young people’s mental health should be appointed in every school. The designated leader will play an important role in reducing possible triggers for poor mental health and in training all staff. Secondly, it is proposed that Mental Health Support Teams will be established to improve the link between schools and local health services. Thirdly, there is a proposal to introduce four-week waiting times for children and young people who need access to specialist mental health services. Current service provision is at crisis point. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are over-stretched, resulting in extremely long waiting lists and strict referral criteria. Help often comes too late or young people do not receive any form of help. ….