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New school mental health and wellbeing service to launch

The scheme will develop a 'whole school approach' to mental health Photo: PA

A new mental health and wellbeing service is launching in North Yorkshire run by the county council and NHS.

The North Yorkshire School Mental Health and Wellbeing service will support schools to develop a whole school approach to positive mental health.

It will deliver training to school staff and key partners, followed up by expert professional consultation, coaching and mentoring to education staff on the use of brief interventions and targeted group work.

The service will also work with individual children and young people who are experiencing low level anxiety/depression and/or are at risk of experiencing mental illness by providing evidenced based brief interventions on a one-to-one and group work basis.

This aims to build their resilience, learn new ways of coping and support referrals to specialist services where necessary.

We’re very aware of recent media coverage about the emerging mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people.

In 2015 a government document called 'Future in Mind' was published which described a commitment to transform services that work with children and young people by 2020.

We’re now at the very forefront of these plans which are being implemented in North Yorkshire and very much look forward to working with Compass and our partners."

– Janet Probert, North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups