£500,000 for Cumbrian mental health programme

A £500,000 grant has been awarded to a new mental health project in Cumbria. The funding will go towards creating programmes in schools to help children develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems.

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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

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