increasing. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust has estimated that referrals have gone up by 25 per cent in just the past couple of years.
There is also growing awareness of the issues relating to mental health.
This applies to adults as well as young people – and that is a good thing.
But, it is also very clear that social media amplifies these challenges.
That’s why it is right to go on finding better, more effective ways of helping young people as their families face these challenges.
And that means pressing new media providers to face up to their social responsibilities.
The industry needs to step up to the plate – it is an urgent priority.
It is good to see extra funding for young people’s mental health, but a more integrated approach is also required.
The new ‘Emotionally Healthy Schools’ initiative being taken forward in Macclesfield, which includes the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, our Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire East Council, schools, and the town’s excellent Just Drop-In community group – providing counselling services – is most welcome.
That’s a positive example of a truly joined -up approach.
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