The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into the progress made by the government on its pledge to improve mental health services for children and young people.
It will also consider the case for wider reforms to prioritise early intervention and prevention against increasing rates of self-harm and suicide.
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health inquiry will consider measures set out by the government in its 2017 green paper to transform the provision of services and ask how much has been achieved.
The Committee said it will give specific focus to progress on mental health support provision in schools, support on eating disorders and how services are accessed, including the ambition to cut the time taken to receive treatment.
It will also examine the use of suicide prevention measures to lower rates among young people. Improvements to inpatient care and how to reduce the use of physical and medical restraints will also be considered.
Health and Social Care Committee chair Jeremy Hunt said: ‘How to support young people when they face a mental health crisis can never have been more of a priority than now.
‘Three years ago, as health secretary, I initiated reforms of the mental health services offered to children and young people.
‘This Committee’s inquiry will examine progress made against those ambitions, such as improving access to services and the provision of mental health support in schools.
‘We will be considering the case for wider change to prioritise early intervention, and for those who need inpatient care, looking at how the stress can be reduced.
‘Crucially, we will ask what more can be done to reduce the growing numbers who turn to self-harm or suicide.’
The Committee invites written submissions addressing any, or all, of the following points:
Evidence should be submitted by 5pm on February 26.
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