Mark Whitehead 12 July 2019

Hinds launches £9m mental health training scheme

Pupils struggling with mental health are to benefit from more 'joined up care and support', education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

He said a £9.3m training scheme would be launched for schools, colleges and specialist NHS services.

Every school and college will be offered training through a series of workshops as part of the Link Programme, with the most appropriate member of staff from each put forward to take part alongside mental health specialists.

This is designed to improve partnerships with professional NHS mental health services, raise awareness of mental health concerns and improve referrals to specialist help when needed.

Mr Hinds said: 'This new training is important, by bringing school and college staff into the same room as NHS professionals and encouraging them to work together, sharing their expertise and making sure they have the information they need so that more pupils get the right help at the right time.

'This builds on the significant measures we’ve already put in place to improve children’s wellbeing, including our new mandatory health education curriculum and the mental health first aid training being offered to schools and colleges.'

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