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£50,000 funding for mental health training for schools across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire



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YMCA Trinity Group has secured £50,000 of funding from the Opportunity Area Programme to deliver mental health training to teachers and early years providers across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

Funding has been secured to offer mental health training to teachers. (3987645)
Funding has been secured to offer mental health training to teachers. (3987645)

The programme will allow all education settings the chance to access funding for a variety of face-to-face and distance learning mental health training.

Mental health is a growing concern across the country, with 50 per cent of young people’s mental health conditions starting before the age of 14.

In this area one in three children per class are struggling with mental health.

In 2016 the Social Mobility Index found Fenland and East Cambridgeshire as a cold spot for social mobility.

As a result, it has been selected as one of 12 Opportunity Areas appointed by the Department for Education to receive a programme of activity, supported by funding, to increase social mobility. Part of this funding has been granted to YMCA Trinity Group to deliver mental health services which include both awareness programmes and specialist training.

Ryan Armes, menu of services project manager at YMCA Trinity Group said: “We’re very grateful to be able to deliver fully funded mental health training in this area. With an average of three children per class struggling with mental health, our key priority is to strengthen the effectiveness of support for children and young people with mental health concerns, and to prevent issues escalating.

“We are confident that our training will provide some much needed support to the schools in this area – I’d urge education providers to apply for the funding as soon as possible to make sure that they can benefit from this programme.”

This programme will run alongside other mental health support initiatives which YMCA Trinity Group already provides. One of these is Thrive, a mental health mobile app which works to prevent, detect and treat common mental health conditions as early as possible.

More information on the mental health support in schools offered by YMCA Trinity Group can be found on the charity’s website: https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/jobs-training/support-schools-menu-services/



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