Liberal Democrats across the county are delighted that progress is being made with the £450,000 non-recurring two-year investment in Young People’s Mental Health.
The agreed investment that was secured at the Council’s budget setting in February came after Lib Dems raised concerns over statistics released earlier in the year showing the number of people hurting themselves deliberately was on the rise. The number of people admitted to hospital because of self-harm had also increased.
The funding will be used on a number of projects to improve outcomes for young people, to improve the way various services can be accessed, and by developing prevention and ‘early help’ messages delivered through schools.
September will see the start of a two-year programme with 21 individual schools training staff and tailoring support to help raise awareness amongst young people on emotional health & wellbeing, which will include self-harm and also the risks of paracetamol. A conference is also being proposed to take place in October on deliberate self-harm in young people organised by the council and other agencies.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities Cllr. Iain Dobie (LD: Leckhampton and Warden Hill) said: “I am delighted that the £450,000 investment is being put to good use.
“The projects that are being proposed are worthy of investment and this is positive news for all young people at risk of self-harm in the county. This money will go some way in helping to tackle the issue of Mental Health & Deliberate Self-Harm in young people.
“As Shadow for the Public Health and Communities Cabinet Member I’ll be monitoring these projects closely over the coming months to evaluate their impact and effectiveness.
“There is still a long way to go, but I am optimistic that this investment will make a real difference to the lives of those young people with mental health issues and who specifically self-harm”.