Suffolk Mind Chief Executive Welcomes Government Plans

The Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind, Jon Neal has welcomed plans for children in England to access mental health support in thier school or college. It's under Government plans to transform the treatment of mental illness in young people.

A green paper has been published, setting out proposals to increase support and provide earlier access to services. £300 million has been set aside for additional funding over the next three years.  

Jon Neal, chief executive, Suffolk Mind, said: “We’re very pleased the government has highlighted the need to provide more support to children and young people in schools. These are draft plans, and we would hope they will be flexible enough to try different approaches to see what works best. We would also hope that funding will stretch beyond three years.

“Here in Suffolk we are already working with some primary and secondary schools to communicate with children as young as 6 about the emotional needs we all have that must be met in order to stay well. This is an innovative approach, which fits within our wider framework of support for communities and workplaces in Suffolk.

“It’s not just about ‘identifying’ and ‘treating’ mental health problems, as the Health Secretary puts it. We need to enable children and young people to get their emotional needs met – firstly by being aware that they have them, and that they already have the tools and abilities to get them met. This gives us all the best chance of staying at the positive wellbeing end of the mental health continuum.”


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