With Labour having made vast gains in the general election, it seemed the Conservative Party, whilst having reattained their position as foremost influencers, might be required to appeal to the masses to cement their status. They seem to have adhered to this ideology, with a multitude of pledges having been announced in their quest to counteract their rivals’ advancement. They may also have done this with an overarching goal to improve the standard of living for people in Britain, and with this ideology perhaps more associated with Labour, altering this opinion may be a priority. With Brexit negotiations ongoing, amassing support may be pivotal, with this ultimately providing Theresa May with increased influence in the negotiations, and further beneficial outcomes for the nation. Thus, the Government recently announced their desire to implement mental health support in schools, and with this perhaps appealing to both young voters and parents, the declaration may be an important catalyst in continuing the improvement process.
The plan itself proposes introducing a stronger network between students and services, alongside implementing new mental health support teams in schools. Considering recent figures suggested one in ten girls aged between 16 and 17 were referred to specialist facilities last year, the necessity for innovation may escalating. Ultimately, the overarching goal seems to target these students early, as prevention may be a more successful and viable option as opposed to treatment. If achieved, a multitude of children may be provided with an opportunity to live a normal and productive life in which they may achieve their goals and bypass boundaries. With vast innovations occurring across the globe providing opportunities for all, this may be a decision which adheres to global policy.
Having already attained support from high-ranking political influencers, including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening, the movement may have gained credibility. With this also perhaps occurring in tandem with the vocal support from campaigners and other influencers, further support may be attained, as the networking capabilities from all may lead to a wider reach. Yet, the positions of Hunt and Greening may be most notable, as with these people in positions of power potentially due to being the most qualified for the job, they may be the best equipped to impact the situation. Whilst naturally enabling the population to reap the benefits, successful policies may also cement their jobs, and with other Conservatives potentially in challenging circumstances, this may be increasingly important to secure stability.
Yet, there may still be improvements to be made, as whilst campaigners seem content with the announcement, they seem to be insisting it is solely a start. With the multitude of protests surrounding Conservative legislations which have recently occurred, this may be a universal opinion, and there may need to be assurances this might have a knock-on effect in other areas. This may most notably be important for the NHS, who in the aftermath of the events at Manchester and Westminster seemed to prove their capabilities, and why alleviating the pressure on them may be important. As such, assisting students with mental health challenges might achieve this goal, and in providing them with opportunities to learn in a conducive environment, there might be an influx of fresh, innovative minds to similarly innovate Britain in the future.
Ultimately, this period may be pivotal for the pledge, as whilst bringing the matter to the forefront of focus may solely be beneficial, showcasing how the Government may be successful in their goal may ensure one of the most important debates for parents may be resolved. Yet, in announcing this, these influencers may have highlighted the advancements which Britain may have made in the last century; when the centenary of Passchendaele occurred, there seemed an overarching focus on the aspects of mental health and the impact it had on those involved. With these events perhaps part of the catalyst in advancing this cause, it may ensure those events are left in the memory rather than replicated, creating a more tolerant and content society.
How might reform for mental health be the catalyst in improving the standard of living in Britain?