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UK extends pledge to children’s mental health

March 2, 2012
by Nick Zubko, Associate Editor
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With budgets for mental health being cut all over the United States, it’s interesting to see that the British government is actually planning to invest £22 million (almost $34.5 million) in children’s mental health services. That’s on top of the £32 million (over $50 million) already set aside for therapies outlined in the country’s Mental Health Strategy.

BBC News reported that the funds will be spent over three years to expand services to “help deliver more counseling and talking therapies” in the hopes that earlier, focused intervention will enable children suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, self-harm and ADHD to be treated more effectively.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the funding will "work specifically for children on therapies that are proven to work.”

"Mental health must have the same priority as physical health," Clegg told the BBC. "Giving children the treatment they need as soon as they need it will help ensure that millions of children suffering from a mental health problem will have a fairer opportunity to succeed in life."

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Nick Zubko is associate editor of Behavioral Healthcare.