School funding

School funding cuts 'having impact on mental health'

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Devon's Director of Health says the dire state of finance in schools is putting pressure on the county's mental health services.

Professor Virginia Pearson told Devon County Council's Cabinet the cuts in funding meant schools did not have the resources to provide support, which was costing the council a huge amount of money in treating people at a later date.

In presenting this year's public health annual report, Professor Pearson set out a ten point plan to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population of Devon.

The ten recommendations include:

  • The promotion of mental health and wellbeing in schools and educational settings.
  • Recognising and addressing the mental health risks associated with poverty, poor housing and lack of decent employment.
  • Implementation of recommendations concerning maternal mental health and women from vulnerable groups.
  • Recognising the potential impact of caring on carers' own mental health and wellbeing.

Without mental health there is no health, and it is increasingly recognised that we should be giving the same priority to mental health as physical health in terms of prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. Poor mental health carries an economic and social cost of over a hundred billion pounds each year in England."

Professor Virginia PearsonDevon's Director of Health