The Time to Change initiative, a campaign which aims to combat discrimination around mental health and raise awareness, has received a £20m boost from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The charity-run campaign works with schools and local communities and over 800 schools have already taken part. "Time To Change is already making a difference” said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, “but with recent studies showing that just 50% of people seek help following a suicide attempt, it's clear that we still have major work to do."
Only last week, an extra £25m was announced for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country. The clinically-led bodies have received £149m this year as part of the government’s drive to improve mental health services for children and young people, as set out in the 2014 Autumn statement and 2015 Spring budget.
Clare Murdoch, NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health, said: “This additional funding is evidence that improving mental health services is an absolute priority for the NHS. We hope this year to see some real headway being made on ensuring that children and young people with mental health needs are seen and treated as quickly and as close to home as possible.”