Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has backed the NSPCC’s ‘Are You There?’ campaign, which is calling on the Government to help the Childline service to be available for every child.
Childline offers a lifeline to children, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Last year, Childline provided almost 300,000 counselling sessions to children in need. One in three of these contacts related to mental health and emotional wellbeing, and over 22,000 were instances where children had contacted the charity feeling suicidal. But right now, Childline counsellors can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need help.
1 in 10 children has some form of mental health condition, and while the Government has pledged to make sure these children get the right support early on, the NSPCC’s campaign aims to make sure help is there whenever it is needed.
The Are You There? Campaign calls on the Government to recognise the increasingly important role that Childline plays in providing early mental health support to children and young people across the country.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
Childline plays a key role in supporting children and young people with mental health issues and with the right support from the Government it can reach even more children who are struggling.
“When children and young people take the brave step to contact mental health support, it should be available to them at any time of the day. That is why I am supporting the NSPCC’s ‘Are You There?’ campaign calling on the Government to ensure Childline service are available for every child, at any time.