Last week the Prime Minister announced important steps towards tackling youth mental health issues. Mental health is a big issue for teenagers. Around one in five will experience some form of mental health problem during this crucial time in their lives.

Even a mild mental illness can have a big impact. Teenagers and parents often don’t understand what’s going wrong or what to do about it.

Tackling youth mental health issues is complex and challenging but we do need to address the issues and we can do better.

We’re better equipping schools to identify students with mental health issues and we’re ensuring schools take more responsibility for the wellbeing of their students.

Our initiatives build on successful existing programmes and trial promising new ones. They have the potential to make a real difference.