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The Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) are backing calls for a national commitment to counselling provision in English secondary schools and colleges, to deal with the “profound impact” of Covid on young people. 

In a letter to the Chancellor, the Liberal Democrats have set out their “wholehearted” support for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s campaign to pump millions into mental health support. 

BACP believe that through early intervention, this move would reduce the burden on the NHS CAMHS services in the wake of the pandemic.

 Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

 “The pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of children and young people. Stress and anxiety are on the rise and too many are suffering in silence, when we know early intervention is key.“Providing access to counselling in schools would be a lifeline to many young people, allowing them to get the support they need before they reach crisis point. This early intervention will prevent mental health issues from worsening and hopefully reduce the numbers who need more extensive support further down the line.“The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to invest in the future by prioritising access to counselling  for children and young people who are already dealing with so much.”

Daisy Cooper 100x100Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

“Children have suffered a huge amount of disruption this year and with so much continuing uncertainty it's no surprise that a number of young people are experiencing mental ill health, often for the first time. “Schools are best placed to provide rapid access to mental health support, but they simply don’t have the resources to do so. Young people are suffering needlessly as a result. “The Conservatives must put that right, and get behind our plans to ensure every secondary school and college in England can provide access to counselling for their pupils through this difficult period and beyond.”

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