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Government funding for youth mental health

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that the government is committing funding to ensure that more local communities can access mental health hubs.

In October 2023 it was announced that £4.92 million would be committed to 10 Early Support Hubs for young people around the country, however, that programme will now be expanded to 24 thanks to an additional £3 million of investment. This will make sure that children and young people are able to access more mental health support, as well as early interventions to improve wellbeing before their conditions get worse.

Group work, counselling, advice, therapy and signposting for other services are all available at the drop-in centres, with children and young people able to benefit without needing to be referred by a doctor or school.

Mental health hubs

Maria Caulfield, Minister for Mental Health, said:

“This government is taking the long-term decisions needed to make our healthcare system faster, simpler, and fairer. Mental health support for our young people is a key part of that. 

“No child or young person should suffer alone, and this additional funding for 24 mental health hubs will improve access and bring in more staff and experts who can help those who need it the most.  

“This will build on the brilliant work they already do and supports our ongoing work to make sure every person has access to the highest quality mental health services.”

Those between the ages of 11 and 25 who may not quite meet the threshold for NHS support can access the hubs, which provide a physical place to go for young people who are going through worry, anxiety or stress as their issues begin to emerge. There are currently 70 Early Support Hubs across the country, with these being run by numerous local services that include volunteer organisations, NHS Trusts and local authorities.

Advice can be provided on a range of issues that can affect the mental health of a young person, including sexual health, exam worries, jobs, drugs, alcohol, and financial concerns.


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