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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cash for children’s mental health project in Cumbria

A bid for £400,000 to improve access to emotional support and psychological therapies for children and young people has been successful.

Dr Sara Munro photo
Dr Sara Munro

Organisations in Cumbria teamed up to secure backing for the three-year project, which aims to transform emotional wellbeing.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria County Council, Action for Children and Barnardo’s submitted the bid to a national NHS pot. It will fund the training of 14 staff to allow them to provide support in talking therapies and parenting support for children and young people who are experiencing problems.

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme focuses on dealing with mild to moderate mental health issues in children.

Dr Sara Munro, director of quality and nursing at the Cumbria Partnership, said: “This new money and training will enable us to provide better support for children and young people in the county experiencing milder mental health issues.

“The evidence shows that this will help children and young people to get the help they need much quicker to prevent them developing more serious issues.

“Working together with our partners has been key to the success of the overall bid.”

Councillor Anne Burns, the county’s lead member for children and young people, said: “This great news is another piece of the jigsaw to help us meet our collective ambition that every child and young person in Cumbria has the support they need to have good emotional and mental health. By pulling together with our NHS and other partners we can deliver the maximum benefit for Cumbria’s children and young people.”

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