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Nick Clegg on mental health investment

Ministers are due to set out a new strategy for mental health in England.

Improving access to counselling for children, 10% of whom develop a mental health problem at some point, is expected to form a central plank of the £400m investment programme.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he hoped the plans would help address mental health issues with the same urgency that physical health has been in recent years.

"For too long we have treated mental health as something almost to be ashamed of while physical health problems are treated very differently. We need to treat them in the same way."

He added: "Crucially it means we can get these talking therapies to children before their problems become problems of a lifetime."

  • 02 Feb 2011