Ac­tion is needed on men­tal health

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

SOME sad data from Lan­cashire County Coun­cil this week - av­er­age spend­ing on men­tal health ser­vices in the county is 20 per cent lower than else­where in the coun­try.

It would take al­most £5m of ex­tra in­vest­ment to bring the county up to that level, mem­bers of Lan­cashire’s Health and Well­be­ing Board were told.

The out­go­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of chil­dren’s ser­vices at Lan­cashire County Coun­cil warned that the NHS in the re­gion could not ‘shirk’ the fact that it spent so much less on young peo­ple’s men­tal health and emo­tional well­be­ing ser­vices than the rest of the coun­try.

“We can­not say it’s at least 20 per­cent less of an is­sue than it is else­where.

“We can’t keep lis­ten­ing to the same story, we need to do some­thing,,” John Read­man said.

The coun­cil also heard that many chil­dren in need of help weren’t get­ting ac­cess to NHS ser­vices.

A statis­tic is, of course, just a statis­tic.

What’s im­por­tant is that some­thing gets done.

The ques­tion is who is em­pow­ered to make change hap­pen on such an im­por­tant is­sue.

Change needs to hap­pen to sup­port young peo­ple in Lan­cashire, but it would seem fair to as­sume change will be slow, and that’s just wrong.

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