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Mental health reforms can't wait until 2023

By Anna Feuchtwang |

02 January 2018

After all the talking and all the waiting it was great to finally see the green paper on children's mental health published in December. But it was like unwrapping a Christmas gift from someone who doesn't know you very well: you're excited to get anything, grateful they thought of you, then disappointed that you didn't get exactly what you wanted.

Mental health paper must join up provision

By Anna Feuchtwang |

26 September 2017

The government is due to publish a green paper on children's mental health this autumn.

Political leaders must back young people

By Anna Feuchtwang |

29 June 2017

The country is still coming to terms with what a minority government means - once again shifting public opinion has shaken up political certainties.

I don't often do more than skim the sports pages, and rarely is there anything of more than passing interest, but a recent article about research on the risks for young people in football caught my attention.

Working in silos exacerbates child health inequalities

By John Freeman |

28 February 2017

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's State of Child Health report, covered in CYP Now on 31 January, will, I believe, be seen as the most important report of 2017.

Future in Mind cash must be ringfenced for CAMHS teams

By Derren Hayes |

17 January 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May devoted her first speech of 2017 to her vision of a "shared society" and in particular to mental health. May promised to use the power of government to transform the way we deal with mental illness not just in our hospitals, "but in our classrooms, at work and in our communities". But of course there was a catch. No new money.

Wafer-thin obesity plan is a shameful letdown

By John Freeman |

30 August 2016

August is usually a quiet month for public policy. It is also when reports are published that it is hoped will receive minimal media and public attention.

Almost weekly since I was appointed to the post of children's commissioner, a teenager or a parent has told me of the struggle they have had in trying to get mental health support for themselves or their child.