The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategyhas announced a new £35 million government research programme aimed at providing more support for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. The research project will look at external pressures as well as genetics to ensure that mental health issues are treated as effectively as possible during the crucial teenage years, while the brain is still developing. It is hoped that the findings of the research could potentially reduce instances of anti-social behaviour, substance abuse or low educational attainment. The funding forms part of the government’s Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) led by UK Research and Innovation and marks the latest move by the government to improve mental health support for young people.
The announcement can be found in full, here.