Funding for young people with mental health problems announced

Funding of £5 million for young people with mental health
problems was announced by Rosie Winterton today, writes
Clare Jerrom

The health minister also revealed that £1.5 million of that
funding would be given to projects aimed at black and ethnic
minority young people with mental health problems.

“Racism, discrimination, or inequalities have no place in
modern society, and they certainly have no place in the modern
NHS,” the minister said.

“David Bennett’s death stands as a tragic reminder
of what can happen if the service fails to meet the needs of its
black and minority ethnic patients. Change might not come
overnight, but we are offering a way forward to equity for all in
mental health care,” she added.

The two largest grants will go to Hillingdon and Camden Councils
in London. Funding of £489,000 will be given to Hillingdon to
provide mental health support services for unaccompanied asylum
seeking children and £475,000 will be spent in Camden
supporting refugee or asylum seeking children who are suffering
from poor educational performance.

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