Children’s mental health

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

Research is beginning to show that children’s mental health has suffered greatly during the pandemic. Can you provide support to children in London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We know young people were more likely to report stress arising from the pandemic than the population as a whole. My Youth Mental Health First Aid programme enables those who work with children and young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have conversations and spot the signs of poor mental health.

In August, I announced a further £2.1m to help 15,000 more young Londoners boost their skills and improve their mental health through my Young Londoners Fund. Projects included an innovative intervention of therapy through sporting, mentoring, and enterprise activities and dance therapy to support marginalised women with mental health disorders in Lambeth.

My Healthy Schools London programme supports schools to improve mental health and wellbeing and I have provided funding to Good Thinking, London’s digital mental wellbeing service, to extend the platform with content specifically aimed at children and young people, due to launch in January.