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Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Natalie Hodgson
Image © [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="© Paldavo (Alex) via Flickr"][/caption] The 29th of February is the day Nick Clegg will announce an extra £22 million is to be given to the scheme IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). The idea is to broaden access for children and young people by extending training to those working with people in schools and youth groups, Nick Clegg feels children and young people shouldn't have to suffer in silence when it comes to mental illness. This ties in with Government's strategy called 'No health without Mental health'; aimed for people of all ages and hopes to improve the health of the nation with high quality mental health services. While such an announcement is welcome, it however arrives after the death of Melissa Martin-Hughes - who sadly hung herself after receiving no help for 7 months; the psychiatrist went on leave and no-one took on her case afterwards due to miscommunication among the teams in the trust.  According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem during a year, with the most common disorder being depression and anxiety, 20% of children and young people will have a mental health problem in a year and 10% at any one time. After such a tragedy and in the face of such statistics, it is good to know the Government is taking a serious step forward with mental health issues and are aiming to help people of all ages cope with a mental health issue.

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Extra £22 Million for IAPT

© Paldavo (Alex) via Flickr

The 29th of February is the day Nick Clegg will announce an extra £22 million is to be given to the scheme IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). The idea is to broaden access for children and young people by extending training to those working with people in schools and youth groups, Nick Clegg feels children and young people shouldn’t have to suffer in silence when it comes to mental illness. This ties in with Government’s strategy called ‘No health without Mental health’; aimed for people of all ages and hopes to improve the health of the nation with high quality mental health services.

While such an announcement is welcome, it however arrives after the death of Melissa Martin-Hughes – who sadly hung herself after receiving no help for 7 months; the psychiatrist went on leave and no-one took on her case afterwards due to miscommunication among the teams in the trust.  According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem during a year, with the most common disorder being depression and anxiety, 20% of children and young people will have a mental health problem in a year and 10% at any one time.

After such a tragedy and in the face of such statistics, it is good to know the Government is taking a serious step forward with mental health issues and are aiming to help people of all ages cope with a mental health issue.

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