Lib Dems – Cash pledge for mental health

Danny Alexander has said extra funding to improve children’s mental health services will be announced in this week’s budget, aimed at early intervention programmes to stop youngsters from developing serious and potentially fatal mental health conditions.

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The package will also include a doubling of cash for the treatment of armed forces veterans. Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “The rising number of children who contact ChildLine because they have mental health issues is deeply disturbing – and just as worrying is the lack of services to help them.” He warned that “we risk leaving a generation on the brink of despair”

The Times says the announcement is a major boost for its Time To Mind campaign, supported by politicians, business chiefs and show business stars. Alan Johnson, the former health secretary, backs the Times campaign in a separate piece for the paper where he says has made the provision of emergency hospital beds for adolescents with life-threatening mental health issues a personal political priority.

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With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.