Govt investing in access to psychological therapies for children

The government is investing funds in an effort to expand access to psychological therapies to children and young people, a written answer from the House of Commons has shown.

Health Minister Paul Burstow said that this money will be used in the development of a stand-alone programme that will include a range of evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and methods that work directly with parents.

It is hoped the initiative will build on lessons learnt through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, Mr Burstow explained.

He stated that such a development will mean "children and young people with a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety and conduct disorder will have better access to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence approved psychological therapies".

Relevant support will also be provided to parents, Mr Burstow added.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine recently found that teenagers who spend their time reading books are less likely to have a major depressive disorder than those who listen to a lot of music.