Government to provide extra support to parents of children with mental health conditions

The National Health Service provides support to parents of children with mental health conditions in various forms, a Commons written answer has revealed.

Health Minister Paul Burstow said this assistance is given to mothers and fathers whose offspring have experience of both emotional and behavioural problems - and this can come in the shape of parent therapy, family therapy and additional support while their children receives medication or treatment.

Mr Burstow said the government's refreshed carers strategy - entitled Recognised, Valued and Suported: Next Steps for the Carers Strategy - sets out "the actions that the government will take over the next four years to ensure the best possible outcomes for carers and those they support".

He added new funding - to the tune of £6 million - has been made available to identify and support carers, while an extra £400 million will provide breaks for carers.

Last month, Mr Burstow pledged additional funds to assist with the mental health needs of former British military personnel.

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