Children’s mental health


Diana Barran, chief executive of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse, has estimated that cuts in council funding could leave up to 100,000 women and up to 200,000 children without domestic violence services. She has warned that up to 200,000 child victims of domestic violence are at risk of long-term mental health problems and some are at risk of death.

The Department of Health and the London School of Economics have published Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: The economic case. The report found that every £1 spent on parenting programmes to prevent chronic child behavioural problems saves the UK £8 over a child’s lifetime. It found that specialist early intervention teams working with children during their first episode of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder save £18 for every £1 invested and suicide training for GPs saves £44 for every £1 spent.

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