- 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.
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.