News of a £1.25bn investment in mental health services for children and new mothers is a welcome boon for the sector. Announced during the pre-election budget, the majority of the cash (£1bn) will go towards treating 110,000 more children during the five-year term of the next parliament - the equivalent of 22,000 additional children each year at an annual cost of £200m.

An advisory group to examine effective peer mentoring programmes is to be established.

Mental Health was chosen as a priority by the Youth Parliament in November.

source children young people now november 2015