Today in the House of Commons, Munira pushed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to provide extra funds to tackle the growing crisis in children’s mental health, which has been made worse by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Munira urged the Prime Minister to provide a ringfenced Resilience Fund that would give schools extra funding for mental health support for their students.

Following the exchange, Munira said:

“Too often, children and young people have been an afterthought during this pandemic. Many children are feeling anxious and lonely, they are not seeing their friends and missing out on play. We know self-harm is increasing and eating disorders have soared, with demand for acute beds reaching crisis point.

“Urgent action is needed now to prevent mental health issues from worsening and reduce the numbers who need more extensive support further down the line.

“When schools reopen it is vital that the Government prioritises children’s mental health by providing a ringfenced Resilience Fund for schools as proposed by Young Minds, so that young people get the mental health support that they need.”