Action is needed on mental health
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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