1. ITV Report

New investment for mental health projects in Greater Manchester

  • Our Political Correspondent Hannah Miller has this report:

Thousands of young people in Greater Manchester will benefit from new mental health support including counselling, mentoring and arts programmes backed by Government investment this year.

Mental Health Minister, Nadine Dorries and Public Health Minister, Jo Churchill today announced an investment of £3.3 million in 23 life-changing projects across England.

The projects includes four in Greater Manchester to allow more children and young people aged 25 and under to access local services to support their mental health, with early intervention for those at risk of mental health problems.

“It’s only right that children and young people are able to access mental health support, not only through the NHS, but in the heart of their communities, schools and homes where they spend the majority of their time.

“Our Health and Wellbeing Fund is leading the way in ensuring government plays a role in cultivating the most effective, innovative and successful forms of community support.

– Minister for Public Health Jo Churchill

The projects receiving funding in Greater Manchester are:

  • 42nd Street will be given almost £300,000 to expand its digital services supporting young people aged 11 to 25 years. It has been piloting a project in Salford and offers therapeutic support to help young people access opportunities to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate they are able to recover and achieve their full potential.
  • The Proud Trust will be given £23,100 to continue supporting LGBT young people through life-changing events, including discovering their sexuality/gender and coming out. The expansion will support a greater number of trans people by matching them to a trained peer who will act as their mentor and support worker.
  • Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind will be given £237,599 to provide earlier one-to-one support and counselling to young people with mental health needs.
  • Visyon will be given £154,000 to expand their services to support children as young as eight to 18. Visyon will intervene earlier to provide firm foundations to improve children’s life chances and reduce the likelihood of needing statutory services or of developing an enduring mental illness as they grow older.

“We know children and young people today face many pressures at home and in their social and academic lives but giving them easily accessible mental health support at an early age can help them thrive later in life.

– Minister for Mental Health Nadine Dorries

The voluntary sector has a key role in transforming mental health care it's innovative, and has reach into communities. There is huge potential to expand and scale up its offer. Association of Mental Health Providers therefore welcomes the Health and Wellbeing Fund’s focus on this important area

– Kathy Roberts, CEO Association of Mental Health Providers