The Prime Minister wants to use the last weeks of her premiership to tackle children’s mental health. Can she avoid the mistakes of the past? Trish Joscelyne offers some advice.

 

Dear Prime Minister,

Your time in office is coming to an end. I realise that the frustrations of the last three years have been huge, and that many of your political hopes have been casualties of the Brexit impasse. With all that’s gone on, it’s good to know that you haven’t given up on other issues. It’s even better to hear that one place you still hope to have an impact is on the mental wellbeing of children. I’ve been reading the Government’s Green Paper on transforming young people’s mental health and I have a few thoughts I want to share. This isn’t a straightforward subject and I’d really like what you do to have lasting benefits.