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New National Citizens Service to support mental health awareness

Theresa May has emphasised the need to raise mental health awareness through the new National Citizens Service and has said the new strategy will support teenagers and give them better access to help.

She told the BBC; "The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness” adding that "10,000 members of staff" will be trained in "spotting issues around mental health".

“Intervening early for young people is important. We've increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we're putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.

"But of course, what we do need to ensure is that we are raising that awareness and seeing that support there.

"That's why one of the things I've been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

"You do see different approaches being taken, so I don't pretend that we've done everything we need to do but I think raising awareness is one of the key issues we all need to address." Theresa May, Prime Minister, August 2017

Original source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40967200/theresa-may-admits-uk-mental-health-services-are-patchy

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18 August 2017

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