Mental health pilot announced for more than 250 schools

The Department for Education has announced a new £1.5million initiative to boost support for children with mental health problems.

More than 250 schools will trial the scheme which will see a single person being named as children's mental health lead becoming responsible for mental health and developing closer relationships with CAMHS.

Announcing the move at a Children and Young People Now conference on children's mental health last week minister Sam Gyimah said it was hoped the initiative would faciliate better access to specialist services.

"We are working with NHS England to run a pilot looking at how schools and CAMHS can work better together. We have invested £1.5million and are working with 255 schools to test out how training and subsequent joint working can improve local knowledge and the identification of mental health issues, and improve referrals to specialist services."

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