Saturday, August 02, 2014

Tim Farron commissions report on child mental health

Tim Farron writes on Huffington Post:
t my surgeries on a Friday or Saturday morning, I meet lots of constituents who talk to me about a variety of different problems. Those that stick with me are young people with mental health issues who have no idea where else to turn or how to get the support that they need. 
There are then events that have a particularly profound and lasting effect on me - the deaths of young people who have struggled with mental health conditions. These tragic events and the circumstances surrounding them have brought to light serious flaws in the way in which we support our young people and the need for a fresh look at our local services. Improvements have to be made. 
So I pulled together a team of experts and asked them to write an independent report. The subsequent report, 'Born in South Lakeland - developing emotionally resilient children', is the culmination of eight months work. I am immensely grateful to the review group - Glenys Marriott, John Asher and Zoe Butler - who gave up their time to produce this report on a voluntary basis. 
They interviewed more than 200 people, ranging from people who use our local mental health services, their friends and family, to the doctors, nurses and support workers who help people in need.
You can download the report - Born in South Lakeland: Developing emotionally resilient children - as a
pdf file from Tim's own website.

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