The Times launches manifesto calling for revolution in young people's mental health services

The Times, in partnership with charity YoungMinds, has today launched a new manifesto calling for a revolution in young people's mental health services.

Jointly produced with Professor Tanya Byron, YoungMinds, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Great Ormond Hospital, the manifesto calls for urgent action by the government and services to improve the current situation faced by thousands of children, young people and their families who are suffering due to mental health issues.

The coverage on its front page, True scale of child mental health crisis uncovered, comes as the newspaper reports that the government's taskforce on children and young people's mental health services is due to report its findings next week.

In the manifesto's introduction it says: "If mental health has been the 'Cinderella service' of the NHS, Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Services are the 'Cinderella's Cinderella'. They receive just six per cent of the NHS mental health budget and 0.6 per cent of the NHS budget overall. This is despite three children in every classroom suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem."

The document focuses on ten key pledges: getting the facts right by commissioning a new prevalence study; evidence-based treatment for all; early intervention and prevention; the scandal of youngsters in police cells; access to treatment; taking responsibility at a local level; the transition from child to adult mental health services; better training for professionals; new guidance for teachers and our digital culture; making child health a national priority.

Access the Times manifesto here