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A Labour Mayor needs to take a strong, pro-active approach to children’s mental health.  To deal effectively with the  rising number of children and young people with mental health problems, the Mayor must develop a strategy for supporting families and supporting schools to understand what is needed for good mental health.  Parenting support needs to be made available where families are struggling to cope with difficult or worrying behaviours.  Schools need to be resourced to ensure that services are in place for children whose mental health is fragile.  In order to identify those children, teachers need to be trained in […]
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We know that at least 1 in 10 children under the age of 15 experiences some level of mental disorder (ONS 1999 and 2004).  Many others may experience less serious mental health problems.  However we are somehow reluctant to identify these children and in many cases GPs and others do not recognise the symptoms.  Frequently expressions of mental distress demonstrate themselves in anger and ‘bad behaviour’, leading many people to believe that all the child needs is a bit of tough discipline.  However these children are expressing – in the only way they know how – the deep distress they […]
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