Theresa May | Talking the talk, but when will you walk the walk?

As per usual, everything is happening at once. Northern Ireland is heading into an early election, meaning that once again mental health is going to be a topic of radio silence as far as our executive goes.

Meanwhile, in England, Theresa May is saying that she will make mental health a priority, contradicting every action the government has taken so far.

You see, for months, if not years, spending for CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) has been slashed. Today Theresa May has announced that she plans to ensure that schools are trained in mental health first aid. Effectively, the responsibility is being shifted from healthcare providers to schools.

Schools, regardless of the amount of training provided, will never be in a position to provide adequate care for students with mental illnesses. The training specified by our Prime Minister is fantastic when used alongside services such as CAMHS, but we're going in totally the wrong direction.

The ratio of students to staff in schools means that children cannot possibly receive the one-on-one attention they need when struggling with mental illness, which is why services such as CAMHS exist in the first place.

So whilst I would love to be excited about today's headlines, I'm actually just rather sad.

Our governments are continuing to fail young people at every hurdle. Mental health first aid should have been implemented in schools long ago, and it should never be used as a substitute for mental health services as I believe we are going to see happen next.