Young People Cornwall gets share of £3.3m in Government funding to support children and young people's mental health

Young People Cornwall will receive over £65,000 to expand their 'Hear Our Voice' project by employing additional practitioners to work with young people, as part of a £3.3m investment in local projects announced this week to help prevent mental illness in children and young people.

Thousands of young people across England will benefit from new mental health support including counselling, mentoring and arts programmes in their communities. This will be backed by a multi-million pound government investment this year.

As part of the government’s commitment to transforming mental health care – backed by an extra £2.3 billion a year through the NHS Long Term Plan – Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Public Health Minister Jo Churchill this week announced an investment of a further £3.3 million in 23 local community projects across England.

In Cornwall Young People Cornwall will receive over £65,000 to expand their 'Hear Our Voice' project employ additional practitioners to work with young people.

The ‘Hear Our Voice’ project, was set up in 1997 and provides children and young people aged 11-25 experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing with access to support through a range of interventions in non-clinical, school & community settings. Their expansion will employ two additional Well-being Practitioners (WP) who will be able to work with CYP aged 8-10 years, supporting CYP at an earlier stage, before emerging mental health issues escalate or reach a point where statutory services must intervene.

Commenting, St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double said:

“I am delighted to hear this announcement, which will be of great benefit to Young People Cornwall and their valuable work with our young people.”

“I recently visited their new House site in St Austell and saw for myself the excellent work and impact they have on the lives of the young people they work with.”

“I look forward to seeing this money drawn down and the new practitioners working in our communities, intervening at an earlier stage, helping children and their families, and preventing mental health issues from escalating to more serious ones in later life.”