Mental health support in Sheffield is set to receive a cash injection of over £615,000.
NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are investing the money to support mental health in children and young people.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I’m thrilled that this large amount of money will be put into these services, making them easier to access and helping young people get support at the very earliest opportunity.”
One of the initiatives they will be investing in is the partnership with Door43, an emotional well-being support service for people aged 13-25.
Dr Girish Vaidya, Clinical Director at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Community Wellbeing and Mental Health Division, said: “This investment will help enable Door43 to expand to support a greater number of young people.
“This expansion also supports one of the key aims of our Emotional Well-being and Mental Health Strategy, which is to increase early intervention support for children and young people’s mental health in Sheffield.”
We asked Sheffield residents and local businesses on Twitter what mental health initiatives they would like to see around the city.
Nicole Reid, 25, said: “I think it would be so useful to see more support groups for younger people. I know there’s probably some around, but I don’t think they get advertised much. Another option would be online support groups that younger children can message when they’re too scared to go to GP or speak to their own family and friends.”
Lara Ferguson, 20, said: “I think it’s imperative that young people themselves are asked what they would like to be improved.”
NHS Sheffield CCG are working in line with the NHS Long Term Plan to improve mental health services around the country.