5 Mar 2021

Mental health charity advocates call for more support for school children

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced an extra £79 million will be set aside to support the mental health of children and young people who’ve been affected by the pandemic. The cash will come from existing funds announced for mental health services in England in November’s spending review and will increase the support on offer across a number of settings.

To mark the announcement the Prime Minister hosted a Zoom call with young people with lived experience of mental health problems.

We were able to speak to one of those young people, 18-year-old Saadia, and Antonio, who, like Saadia, works with the charity Mind to raise awareness about the mental health of children and young people.

We began by asking Saadia what she told the Prime Minister.