The Department for Health and Social Care has announced an investment of £3.3 million for 23 local community projects to support children and young people’s mental health across England. The new projects will allow for additional support services for those aged 25 and under including counselling, mentoring and arts programmes. The new funding is in addition to the £2.3 billion through the NHS Long Term Plan and follows the government’s commitment earlier this year to improve mental health access and support for children and young people. This includes a commitment by the government to ensure that all teachers are trained to spot the signs of mental health issues in children.
The projects will have an emphasis on improving access to support outside of NHS services, including for groups such as LGBT young people and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Projects receiving funding include LifeLine Community Projects in Barking and Dagenham who will receive £298,000 to support their work with vulnerable young people; York Mind will receive £50,000 to expand their Arts Award programme which introduces young people to art as a form of therapy and the Proud Trust’s Peer Support Project in Manchester will receive £23,000 to support more LGBT young people.
The funding will be channelled through the Health and Wellbeing Fund which is part of programme of government investment in the voluntary sector. The projects will be fully funded in their first year and additional joint funding with local commissioners will be agreed for 2 years after.
The announcement can be found in full here.