New mental health support for local schools in Copeland

THE Copeland Conservative group leader has joined Education Secretary Justine Greening in welcoming new measures which will see mental health services for children and young people transformed.

There will be new support for every secondary school across Copeland. Each school will be offered mental health first aid training to increase awareness around mental health and help to tackle the unacceptable stigma around the issue. To support this initiative, new proposals will outline how mental health services for schools, universities and families can be improved, so that everyone in the community is supported, at every stage of life.

Education Secretary Justine Greening MP, said: “For young people, growing up in today’s world can be challenging. Mental health issues experienced by young people have a lifelong impact – potentially affecting school performance, careers and ultimately their life opportunities.

“We want every young person in Cumbria to grow up feeling confident about themselves and their future.
That’s why we are setting out a new package of measures to step up the way we respond to mental illness in young people, as part of this Government’s commitment to social reform.”

As part of the proposals, the Government will also be reviewing children and adolescent mental health services in Copeland. This will help to identify what is already working and what we can improve, so more children and young people get the mental healthcare they need and deserve.

These proposals are part of a wide range of measures to improve mental health in the region and make sure no one is left behind. There will be an expert review into how we can improve mental wellbeing in the workplace so employees receive more care. There will be more support in the community so everyone in need can access the best support for their needs, more online services will be provided and the system will be made fairer for people suffering from mental health problems.

Conservative Group Leader, David Moore said: “These new proposals will ensure children and young people in Copeland receive the compassion, care and the treatment they deserve. Mental healthcare will be improved in schools, workplaces and universities and those suffering from mental illness will be able to access the right care for their needs, whilst we tackle the injustices people with mental health problems face.”