Funding boost to tackle mental health stigma in schools

The government has announced a new wave of multi-million pound funding for groups offering mental health support to children and young people.

It is believed the organisations will receive around £4.8million in grants in 2015-16 and is the first time they have been eligible for a share of the government's £25million voluntary and community sector funding.

The funding, announced by Education Minister Nicky Morgan, is intended to help ensure pupils who may be suffering in silence have the support and knowledge they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, while helping their classmates to develop an understanding of the problems they may be facing.

Successful bids include:

  • £400,000 for mental health charity Mind to provide pupils worried about their mental health with a confidential route to learn more about and seek support
  • £564,000 to the Royal College of Paediatrics to expand MindEd, the online service that helps parents to understand children and young people's mental health issues
  • £440,000 to provide specialist intervention for young people in schools, supporting prevention and ensuring problems are tackled before they escalate

Other proposed measures include providing advice to head teachers on how to deliver counselling services to pupils and guidance on age-appropriate teaching on mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm.

Education Minister Nicky Morgan said: "There must be no trade-off between learning about mental health and academic success. By improving teaching on this subject we will help young people make sense of mental health issues and teach them how to keep themselves and others healthy."