Improving the mental health of young people

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A report from the Children’s Commissioner published on 28 November highlighted the poor performance of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in London. A recent survey of GPs underlined this as overwhelming majorities of family doctors did not believe their patients would be supported by local CAMHS. What programmes will you run to improve the mental health of young people in the coming year?


Answer for Improving the mental health of young people
Improving the mental health of young people

Improving the mental health of young people

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have prioritised what I can do to support young people, but this does not take away the need for good local CAMHS. My Healthy Schools London Programme supports the role all schools need to play, I am working with the NHS and Local Government to promote their efforts

I will continue the roll out of Youth Mental Health First Aider training to ensure that all state-funded schools, sixth form and further education colleges within London have access to one by 2021. The training will give school staff the skills and confidence to spot the signs of poor mental health and guide a young person through mentally distressing situations.

Through the Young Londoners Fund, I’m also funding projects to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their students. For example, a Haringey project between the local College, Pupil Referral Units and schools to support over 200 young people a year through mentoring and access to psychotherapy; and a Hounslow project run by disability charity Ruils to support 450 young people with complex needs.