More than half a million pounds will be invested in children and young people’s mental health support by The NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The funding, in partnership with Sheffield City Council, as part of Sheffield’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People and will start in April 2019.
56% of the funding is being used to increase investment and expand service provision; which includes a 45% increase in funding from Door 43, a charity that aims to support young people at the earliest possible point, before their needs escalate and they require more specialist support.
The remaining 44% of the funding will be used to sustain schemes that have been evaluated as an effective part of the children’s mental health transformation programme.
A spokesperson for the NHS CCG said: “Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. In Sheffield, we want every child and young person to have access to early help in supporting their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.”
The CCG will also be investing a further £340,000 in children’s mental health services during the 2019/20 financial year.
They are currently working with partners to identify how the new funding will be used to improve children and young people’s crisis care and community health services.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “What a fantastic investment into children’s mental health, I can’t express the importance of helping our children and young people get the support they need.”