Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the ‘most depressing day of the year.’ It’s now well-known that there’s no real scientific stock behind this – good and bad days can happen any day of the year – but I’m pleased to see that following our ‘Breaking the Silence’ event on suicide prevention last year, The CALMzone and its ambassadors New Order have joined forces today to remind people struggling with their mental health to seek help.
As we heard at the event, too many children are still facing unreasonable delays when waiting for mental health treatment. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and mental ill health are at a double disadvantage, waiting for EHCPs and diagnoses for autism and ADHD as well as input from CAMHS, and becoming more unwell as they wait.
Much support hinges on the Government’s response to its SEND Green Paper and SEND Improvement Plan, which the Education Secretary told us to expect in early 2023. As I said today at Education Questions, we’re still yet to see either of these. The Minister really needs to get a move on and release these plans, as SEND children can’t wait any longer for help.
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