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Guest Column by Harriett Baldwin MP

20th May 2018

It is exam season with many students buried in their books preparing to get the best possible results. Over the last three or four years, we have seen some remarkable exam results at our local schools – Dyson Perrins Academy and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy are notable for making stellar improvements in performance. We are investing record amounts in our schools system - core funding for schools nationally will rise to £43.5 billion in next year and the following year, protecting funding in real terms and helping more children to master the fundamental skills they need to succeed in their working lives. Nine out of ten of our Worcestershire schools are rated either good or outstanding. Exam time can be stressful for some people and during a recent visit to the Chase High School, I talked to pupils and staff about the pressures that young people face, whether it is social media pressures or just the anxiety of growing up. The Chase, like many local schools, has a formal process for helping young people as well as signposting online resources to pupils which can be a real help getting to fast and effective advice at any hour of the day or night.

Good mental health is a strong priority for all of us - with the same importance as physical health. An additional £1billion investment has been made in mental health and a further £1.25 billion will be invested into perinatal and children and young people's mental health services so that people receive the right care in the right place when they need it most. I was also delighted to hear that the NHS team running our community hospitals, district nurses and the county’s mental health provision has been given an extremely positive rating from the Care Quality Commission – some great news for those working in the local health service and a validation of the excellent care delivered by the NHS Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.

We’ve also just had Mental Health Awareness Week so I recently chatted to local staff who work hard to deliver mental health services to children and adolescents. They’ve been able to increase the number of people they help in recent years which is a result both of more people being able to refer, but also their efforts to find and help people earlier in their lives as well as delivering important help online and offline for young people when they need it.

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