Cash boost for mental health and well-being services for children and young people

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Funding for mental health and well-being services for children, young people and their families in the Highlands is to be boosted more than £700,000.

During a meeting of the Highland Council’s Health, Social Care and Well-being Committee earlier this month, members heard the Scottish Government is to stump up more cash to help this vital work.

The Highlands’ £700,000 is made up of £178,000 to support services already in place within communities and a further £534,000 for the development and introduction of new mental health services for children and young people.

Those aged 5 to 24 years – 26 if care experienced – and their families and carers are set to benefit from the services made available with the grant.

The Caithness area, which has seen a number of traumatic events in recent months which are thought to be related to mental health, will act as an initial pilot and pathfinder area.

Best practice and reflection of which methods and services work well within Caithness will inform the expansion to a pan-Highland approach.

The ‘whole system approach’ to supporting mental health across Highland communities will be informed by outcomes from a mental health and well-being summit in February 2021. Young people with first-hand experience of mental health issues, along with elected members, will participate in the summit.