Nottinghamshire County Council has welcomed the news that 345,000 additional young people will have easier access to essential mental health services by 2023.

NHS England has announced a long term plan to tackle mental health and ensure that young people are getting the help they need 

These NHS improvements are being seized upon by Nottinghamshire County Council to help with their strategic transformation plan which has been updated for 2021.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “The latest plan will ensure that every child, young person and family are given the tools they need to grow their emotional wellbeing and resilience.

“It ensures that those needing specialist support get it when they need it.

“This government announcement of support will help us in our pledge to ensure that all young people within Nottinghamshire will be able to gain access to mental health support whenever needed.”

Nottinghamshire’s local transformation plan has already helped at least 70,000 children and young people receive evidence based, NHS funded treatment for mental health issues.

Mr Gribbin added: “Over the last five years we have developed a more mature understanding to the challenges our young people face.

“Whilst we are proud of our successes thus far, we must look to press on to develop fundamental culture change to better support children, young people and families.”

The latest version of the plan also sets out goals to increase support for care leavers and families of those who suffer from underlying mental health conditions.

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on the issue of mental health.

The Health Foundation recently stated that more than half of UK adults are suffering from increased symptoms of anxiety and depression.

This trend is highest among young people and those with low household income.

Senior Public Health Fellow, Louise Marshall, said: “These statistics reveal a widening of pre-existing inequalities in mental health.

“We fear that people are staying away (from mental health services) until they reach crisis point, which will result in a flood of exacerbated and untreated mental illness after the pandemic.

“It is vital that our mental health services, both government and donation funded, are given the extra support they need at this critical stage.”

Councillors are hoping that increased awareness through these various schemes not only aid those with persistent issues but also encourage more young members of the community to make themselves known.

Mr Gribbin added: “Increased support will allow schools and colleges to help their students so fewer children suffer from unavoidable harm.”