Tom Brake MP joined Action for Children, the children’s mental health charity, at the parliamentary launch in Westminster of their Build Sound Minds campaign in advance of Children’s Mental Health Week.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"I am proud to support Action for Children and their Build Sound Minds campaign. According to the most recent official figures, one in nine children between the ages of 5 and 15 experience a mental health disorder. That is really alarming.
"It is vital that we not only practice methods of treatment, but also prevention. Starting mental health conversations early on in a child’s life can help to keep mental health disorders from developing."
Build Sound Minds encourages positive conversation and good mental health through the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy methods. The programme provides parents with resources and guidance to confront anxious feelings, self-esteem, stress and loneliness with their children. The goal is to promote emotional wellbeing and influence a positive conversation about mental health as early as possible.
Action for Children has also brought The Blues Programme to schools across the UK. The Programme, funded by Royal Mail, is an engaging course for students either suffering from, or at risk of developing a mental health condition. The immersive intervention programme has already seen 70% of pupils showing improvement in their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Action for Children, said:
"Just like our physical health, our emotional wellbeing needs care and attention. And the first step in doing this is to create a positive conversation about mental health.
"Every day we support children and teenagers who are struggling for a number of reasons. Some are concerned about their futures, many are dealing with the intense pressure of school work and others are experiencing problems at home, all while navigating a complex 24/7 world with constant stimulation from social media.
"It’s no wonder that things can sometimes become too much for young people to handle. But with the backing of MPs like Tom, Action for Children can support young people to deal with their feelings from an earlier age, help prevent problems from starting and allow them to bounce back quickly if they do."