Better access to school nurses will lead to better mental health – YoungMinds

Commenting on the Government’s plans to make it more accessible for pupils in England to get in contact with school nurses, YoungMinds Director of Campaigns and Policy Lucie Russell said:

“School nurses can play a vital role in supporting pupils when they feel like that they can't cope. Providing emotional support when times are tough like at exam time can greatly reduce the likelihood of a young person's problems spiralling into mental illness.

“We also welcome the involvement of young people in shaping these plans too often young people are ignored when it comes to service design. Being able to use a range of technologies to access support is vital for young people they offer a much more accessible ways to speak about a problem for the first time.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. For further information and to arrange interviews please contact Chris Leaman on 020 7089 5066 or 07813 810114 email chris.leaman@youngminds.org.uk
  2. YoungMinds is the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of children and empowering their parents and carers. For further information go to www.youngminds.org.uk
  3. Today’s       Government announcement about improving access to school nurses can be found here http://mediacentre.dh.gov.uk/2012/03/12/pupils-want-to-text-their-school-nurse/

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