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(UK) Lancashire/S. Cumbria: Schools to focus on mental health support; "huge increase in demand"

Oct 10, 2021, The Mail: LSCft mental health scheme to launch in Barrow school

NW England BARROW will be the first place to see the launch of a new mental health scheme. Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCft), which provides mental and physical health support, as well as providing services for those with autism and learning difficulties, is expanding its work with schools to help children and young people.

Sam Tyrer, engagement and prevention lead for the Trust, has secured funding from Health Education England (HEE) to carry out a pilot scheme – Change Talks ‘train the trainer’….

“We are now just launching a ‘train the trainer’ program which allows me to give teachers all the knowledge they need to have these conversations. As we move forward, all schools will need a mental health lead, as part of the government’s ‘whole school’ approach. My work with help schools develop their staff into this role.”

Sam is launching the scheme in schools across Lancashire and South Cumbria, starting at a learning disabilities school in Barrow.

Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive at LSCft said: “The pressures of the last 18 months have taken their toll on many young people. We have seen a huge increase in demand for our services, with a 15 per cent increase in community demand across all our services, with particular focus on eating disorders….


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