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Publish a green paper on young people’s mental health

Last updated: 12:09pm 16 May 2019

A Conservative government will publish a green paper on young people’s mental health before the end of this year.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.72

Our verdict

According to the most recent national survey data on trends in child mental health, “one in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19-year-olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed”. This policy is a promise to publish a green paper addressing the issue before the end of 2017.

In December 2017, the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision green paper was published. It set out proposals which the government said “represent an ambitious new approach to helping all children and young people live happy and fulfilling lives”.

The consultation on the green paper proposals ran for three months. In July 2018, the government published its response to the consultation, including a progress report and next steps.

This policy promise was fulfilled within the specified timescale so we are marking it as ‘done’.

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