Brathay welcomes new spending initiative announced in Mental Health Week
The Government has pledged £10.7million to be invested to improve children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The announcement coincides with Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022) when landmarks across the region will be lit green to demonstrate the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Local landmarks include:
- Kendal Town Hall Clock, Kendal
- Dalton Castle, Dalton
- Hoad Monument, Ulverston, Furness
- Barrow Town Hall, Barrow
Over the past three years, health and care partners have been working together to develop the THRIVE model of care which looks to prevent poor mental health and wellbeing, as well as supporting young people as soon as they start to experience difficulties. Many of our own community programmes focus on mental health and wellbeing for young people and their families.
NHS organisations, local authorities, education, the police, and representatives from the voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise sector (VCFSE) have been working with parents, carers and young people to redesign services for children and young people aged 0-19.
The £10.7million investment is part of a government commitment to support health providers to offer quality mental health services for children and young people and will be used to help reduce waiting times, improve experience and quality of care, and develop 24-hour crisis care services, reducing the need for young people to be admitted to hospital.
The investment will also support the recruitment of more primary mental health workers who are trained and experienced in working within the community to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, giving advice and support at an early stage.