Liberal Democrats have today passed an emergency motion at their conference which aims to tackle the high rates of self-harm amongst children.
Commenting on the call for greater support from the education system for vulnerable students former Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“The level of self-harm that the Children’s Society have uncovered, especially amongst girls, and those who identify as LGBT, is truly shocking and society needs to do much more to support vulnerability in our young people.
“Our education system must work hand in hand with NHS services and play a central role in protecting children and young adults. More and more people are experiencing depressive episodes, mental distress and chronic low-mood. All schools should offer their students and staff pastoral care or counselling, people are often let down by the post code lottery of service provision.
“As Liberal Democrats we demand better for our younger and future generations. No child should be left to suffer in silence.”