Positive news today that the Prime Minister has launched an overhaul of our approach to mental illness.
Plans will fast track action to stamp out unequal access to mental health services and build on our record investment in mental health services.
There will be training for all new teachers on how to sport the signs of mental health issues, as well as extra support for schools, social workers, local authorities and healthcare services to make sure people know how to promote good mental health in the same way that they look after physical wellbeing. These measures include:
- training for all new teachers on how to spot the signs of mental health issues, backed up by updated statutory guidance to make clear schools’ responsibilities to protect children’s mental wellbeing
- all 1.2 million NHS staff encouraged to take suicide prevention training from the Zero Suicide Alliance, which we have already committed to support with £2 million of government investment
- support for school mental health leads so they can help children struggling with self-harm and risk of suicide
- access to world-class teaching and training materials for all teachers to use in classrooms to meet the new requirements for mental health education for all primary and secondary pupils
- extra funding to support local authorities to strengthen and deliver local suicide prevention plans so that they better meet the needs of the people they serve
- updated professional standards for social workers across England to increase their knowledge and skills when helping those with mental health issues