Health chiefs working on a new program to give children access to treatment at schools and colleges across Kirklees.
This is a project targeted towards treating mental illness in school children which will be start soon in Kirklees.
One in 10 children are believed to have a diagnosable mental health disorder, with almost half of all mental health conditions starting before the age of 14, making it important that children with early symptoms receive the support they require before their condition deteriorates.
The community chiefs in charge of Kirklees’ health Program are yet to come to a conclusion on how it will work but say they are considering having mental health clinicians based in school premises to allow for easy accessibility to treatment and advice.
This setup could include drop-in clinics for distressed pupils or young lads could be referred for treatment by teachers. Mental health clinicians will also provide support for staffs by identifying pupils they think have mental health issues.
Parents would be consulted if some conditions are tagged “serious” but they may not be informed if the situation was deemed minor.
Two Mental Health Support Teams will be set up, one will cover the north and the other south Kirklees. Each will include; education mental health workers, a family worker, a senior practitioner, an educational psychologist and a clinical lead.
Carol McKenna, the Chief Officer for Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs said: “I’m delighted that our bid for extra funding has been approved. “This additional funds will provide the required motivation and resources needed to make this project a success”.
“We have a very strong and effective partnership approach in Kirklees that’s making a real difference to our local services”.
NHS England has granted funding for a trial, thought to be in the region of £1.4m, which will start in September at almost 40 schools across the borough.
More schools will join the scheme in 2020 thanks to a further £1.4m in funding announced last week.
Kirklees children and young people will also benefit from the Link Programme, a £9.3m national scheme which will see every school, college and alternative provision receiving training designed to raise awareness of mental health concerns and improve referrals to specialist help when needed.
Clr Carole Pattison, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for learning, aspiration and communities said; “Receiving support with mental health issues is essential to children and young people having the best start in life. “Kirklees Council is a strong supporter of this work and we are pleased that schools and colleges will be able to access further specialist teams, giving vulnerable young people the extra help they need.”