The briefing paper sets out the economic case for investing in children’s mental health and explores how Health and wellbeing boards can improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The paper stresses that Health and wellbeing board (HWB) need to understand the distinction between mental health and mental illness and appreciate that the support needed is not just going to be specialist child and adolescent mental health services. Children at risk of, or who have mental health issues will need a wide range of support that is provided by a range of agencies. Building resilience is something that many universal services, such as schools can do. This is why HWB’s are in such as good position to bring together relevant agencies and have a shared vision that will influence local commissioning plans.