mental health charity welcomes PM's reforms
Burnham-On-Sea charity offering mental health support in the area
has given a cautious welcome to reforms announced by the Prime Minister
to "transform" attitudes to mental health, with a focus
on children and young people, have been unveiled by Theresa May.
Additional training for teachers, an extra £15m for community
care, and improved support in the workplace were among the measures
announced this week.
Jo Clement, pictured, who runs the Burnham-based group 'In Charley's
Memory' after her son Charley took his own life in 2014, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Having reviewed what the PM said about mental health we are
think rolling a programme into schools is a very good idea, which
is something here at the charity we have been doing over the past
already train not only adults from all professions in mental health
first aid but have also trained a number of young people from schools
and further educational establishments in this same course too.
We've experienced first hand the positive impact this has had and
plan on continuing to run this on a regular basis."
of the recommendations that the PM has said will happen we feel
will not be implemented for some time, when they're very much needed
now, which is disappointing."
with everything, the lack of funding will be a problem not only
nationally but with budgets that local councils allocate to their
relevant sectors, hence In Charley's Memory is unsure how effective
these changes will be."
Marks, 18, took his own life in September 2014 and the charity 'In
Charley's Memory' was set up using his name to support young people
and those affected by mental health.
the speech at the Charity Commission, Mrs May announced that every
secondary school will be offered mental health first aid training
- which teaches people how to identify symptoms and help people
who may be developing a mental health issue.
the PM announced trials on strengthening links between schools and
NHS specialist staff, including a review of children and adolescent
services across the country. Employers and organisations will also
be given additional training in supporting staff who need to take