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Osborne pledges funding for mental health services

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New mother's, children and young people's and veteran's mental health services will receive a funding boost, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on Wednesday.

As part of the Budget 2015, Mr Osbourne stated that the government will invest in mental health services for children and young people, new mothers and veterans and support people with mental health problems to get back to work.

There would be over £1 billion invested over the next five years to improve access to services which will see over 110,000 more children with mental health issues cared for. The government will also be providing £118 million by 2018/19 to increase the access to psychological therapies for children to ensure that there are talking therapists in every part of the country for children.

£1.5 million will be invested to pilot training for designated leads in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and schools to improve access to mental health services for children and young people.

There will also be an additional £75 million over the next five years for women who experience mental health problems perinatally or antenatally.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance has welcomed this funding and chair Dr Alain Gregoire has said that they are looking forward to working with the DH to explore further details of how this new money will be spent.

Finally there will be an additional £8.4million over the next five years for the NHS in England to enhance current mental health and support services to the vulnerable veterans across the country.

Despite the focus on mental health in the Budget there was no mention of NHS funding for the coming financial year.

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