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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