ACP member Georgina Taylor and her psychotherapy colleague, Frances Fox, spoke about the PM's speech on BBC Radio Bristol, agreeing that there is a need for access to specialists such as psychoanalytic child psychotherapists, for children and young people with mental health problems.
"Children and young people are under more pressure today and need somewhere to go to talk about their difficulties." Also discussed was resilience, early intervention and the need for extra resources, (through access to a specialist) to be provided for schools. We shouldn't be expecting teachers to manage mental health issues in addition to all the other pressures put on them through the current testing regime, discussed Taylor and Fox.
The need for a whole "shared society" approach is key, added Taylor, who advocates working in partnership to understand the most vulnerable families, saying that it can make a big difference when professionals join together to support children and their families. However, many services are not being given the resources they need to do this. Phil Hammond, GP presenting the programme described how services can be "disjointed" and there was also a discussion about the importance of funds and expertise to back up promises made in the PM's speech. You can listen to the show here (the interview is 33 minutes after the start).