We welcome the ambition demonstrated in Greater Manchester’s Mental Health Strategy, published today, and its commitment of £134m over four years to provide critical support to some of Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable communities.

Dr Andrew Reeves, Chair of BACP, said:

“I would like to commend Greater Manchester and its Mayor for leading the way on improving the delivery of mental health services across the conurbation, underpinned by an important commitment to ensure that 33,500 more people will benefit from access to psychological therapies. We are particularly pleased to see the big focus on ensuring that children and young people can secure the urgent help they need, when they need it, and ensuring that no child who needs mental health support will be turned away.

“This is an ambitious and holistic plan which demonstrates the power of devolved institutions to unleash real innovation to tackle some of the UK’s biggest challenges and provides an important blueprint of how other cities can improve their provision of mental health services."