Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Mental Health Minister, Barbara Keeley have announced a new mental health support plan for schools called ‘Healthy Young Minds’. The £845 million plan would ensure access to a qualified counsellor in every primary school in Britain as well as the recruitment of 3,500 qualified, on-site secondary school counsellors. A network of open access mental health hubs would also be established to enable more children to access mental health support directly without having to wait a long period of time for an appointment. In addition, a Labour Government would develop a cross-departmental national strategy to address mental health issues and childhood trauma.
Commenting on the announcement, Jeremy Corbyn said “as a country, we have to start treating mental health as physical health…our Healthy Young Minds plan is a vital investment in the lives of our young people and an investment in our country’s mental health.”
The announcement can be found here.