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Report finds children mental health services 'confusing'

A report on children's mental health services in Cumbria has found the system is too confusing for young people and their parents to work out who to see.

It also found waiting times were often too long and not enough money is being spent on children's mental health services.

It's a report that was ordered by Lake District MP Tim Farron after he received a number of complaints about the existing services.

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Cumbrian campaigner says 'No Man Is An Island'

A Cumbrian campaigner has set off to walk a hundred miles from the east to the west of the county, to raise awareness about Mental Health.

Steve Wharton has called his trip "No Man Is An Island", and it'll take him from Kirkby Stephen to Cockermouth.

He's travelling with his ukulele, and will be singing wherever he goes. He wants to encourage people to talk about issues such as depression.

'Mental health issues affect a lot of us'

As a teenager Steve Wharton was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, now he's using his musical talents to raise awareness of mental health issues.

He's going to walk 100 miles from Kirkby Stephen to Cockermouth, talking, and singing, about mental health.

He says more needs to be done to help people be more open about their mental health:

100 mile walk for mental health awareness

Steve Wharton is walking 100 miles to raise awareness about mental health issues Credit: ITV News Border

A Cumbrian man is walking around 100 miles from Kirkby Stephen to Cockermouth, talking about mental health.

Steve Wharton is singing songs with his ukulele and hoping to get people to be more open about things like depression, self-harm and grief.

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Grant a 'welcome addition' to mental health funds

A new mental health project that will help school pupils in Cumbria deal with their worries and concerns has received £500,000.

The money has come from the Big Lottery Fund's HeadStart programme which helps pupils deal with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems.

A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fund revealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry.

59% said they feel worried or sad at least once a week. But, only around 25% of young people who need treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18.

Earlier Pam spoke to Councillor Anne Burns from Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services. She asked her what exactly the money would be used for

There are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that aim to offer help and support to anyone who has a mental health problem:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink - a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

£500,000 for Cumbrian mental health project

A £500,000 grant has been awarded to a new mental health project in Cumbria.

The development funding means that pupils in the area will take part in a pilot project in the new school year.

The local partnership will then use this to work up long term plans.

The funding comes from the Big Lottery Fund's £75m HeadStart programme which, with a focus on schools, aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems.