Between votes earlier this week I popped into a reception in Parliament hosted by Action for Children, who do excellent work with disadvantaged children. Child and adolescent mental health is a particular concern of mine, and I was therefore very interested to hear about AfC’s early intervention programme in schools.

The Blues Programme, funded by the Royal Mail, is a semi-targeted course aimed at young people who are suffering from, or are at risk of developing, a mental health condition. It combines cognitive behavioural therapy, coping strategies and physical activity, and so far has had great results, with 70% of pupils showing an improvement in their mental health and emotional wellbeing, and with a specific decrease in depressive indicators. I’d like to see similar programmes, available in all schools.

Link to Instagram Link to Twitter Link to YouTube Link to Facebook Link to LinkedIn Link to Snapchat Close Fax Website Location Phone Email Calendar Building Search