Extra funds to go to child mental health

The Society has welcomed today's announcement that an extra £22m is to be spent on mental health services for children.

This investment in the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) project will be spent over the next three years to expand state-of-the-art psychological therapies and extend training for people working with youngsters outside of health settings, such as in schools or youth groups.

Announcing the extra spending, deputy prime minster Nick Clegg said:

“Too many young people suffer in silence with mental health problems. This is vital investment that will give children the very best tailored treatment to restore them to good health, so that their illnesses are not simply swept under the carpet.”

Dr Carole Allan, President of the British Psychological Society, said in response:

“It is very important that mental health issues are recognised and given the same priority as physical health. The additional funding announced for children’s mental health services is a step in the right direction.”

Dr Duncan Law, the Child Lead of the Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology:

“The announcement today on the expansion of CYP-IAPT is excellent news. It feels like there is a real, growing commitment to expand good quality psychological services to children and young people.  The work of CYP-IAPT so far has been to shape services to ensure they enable clinicians to deliver best practice through the provision of evidence-based interventions and ongoing monitoring of therapy, through frequent service user feedback, to ensure interventions start with a clear focus and remain on track. 

“Evidence suggests that attending to both the mode of intervention and the therapeutic alliance, leads to better clinical outcomes for young people.  The extra money will enable the CYP-IAPT model to have a wider reach to the one in 10 children whose lives are seriously affected by mental health problems.

“We are pleased that the BPS, thought the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families, have been at the heart of shaping the CYP-IAPT programme.  The programme’s strength is down to the range of professional groups that have given input to the programmes development, working together to focus on what is best for children and young people with mental health difficulties.  It is an excellent model for collaboration, guided by the strong voice of services users through Young Minds.

“The funding of the Time to Change project may enable young people with mental health problems and psychological distress to feel they can seek the help they need without fear of stigma.  

“The continued funding of both these initiatives into the future will be a steps toward truly improving access to psychological therapies for children and young people.”