A good news story today – the BBC’s Children in Need announced this week that they will be supporting childrens mental health organisations to the sum of £10million – but it won’t just be the money that is vital – this very public support will also help shine a very bright light onto the subject of our countries provision of mental health support for the young. Any of you that follow us on social media may have noticed I recently shared the horrifying fact that just 13 Members of Parliament attended a recent debate on the topic of mental health support services for the young – shocking.
Amongst others the money will be given to:
- Mental Health Innovations. It is getting £1.5m over three years to fund a new support service for people in crisis.
- Parent Zone has been awarded £569,000 to facilitate conversations between children and their parents or carers.
- The Wave Project which uses surfing as therapy
- The Verbal Arts Project to fund reading rooms for therapy
Nicely – a spokeswoman for Children in Need made it clear that this wasn’t an open call for funding they are open to entering further discussions with organisations that can make a difference – nice!