This much shared article is brilliant, heart-breaking, and matches exactly the experience of PMHA members.
As we prepare to vote tomorrow, we just want to remind our members and friends of the importance of children’s mental health as a political issue, as well as a clinical one.
Quite apart from the moral imperative to help, we know that:
1) Mental health is the biggest cause of morbidity in adults,
2) Adult mental health starts in childhood. 50% have symptoms by 15
3) The biggest determinant of adult happiness is childhood emotional wellbeing
4) We can save £17bn by intervening early to prevent problems.
It’s a no-brainer, a scandal and if we don’t want to end up with a generation of damaged people, we need action, not words, now.