MP backs children’s mental health service

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price showed her support for children’s mental health services at a parliamentary reception.
Ms Doyle-Price attended the NSPCC’s Are You There? event, which was held in the House of Commons in support of improving mental health services for children, and spoke to several young people who had benefitted from Childline after suffering from mental health issues ranging from depression to anxiety.
Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen revealed at the event that the service had delivered 101,454 counselling sessions on mental and emotional health in the last year alone. Tomorrow (Friday) the government’s public consultation on its green paper proposals for children’s mental health support is due to close, therefore the event allowed MPs to discuss the increasingly important role Childline plays in children’s access to mental health services.
Barbara Keeley, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care also spoke at the event, and stressed the importance of a mental health support system that is accessible for all children and young people.
The public can support the Are You There? campaign by signing an online petition to encourage Government to increase funding to Childline before tomorrow, which will help to recruit more counsellors, deliver training, and provide more online resources for children and young people. To sign the petition, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/are-you-there/.

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