Additional funding for mental health and wellbeing for Midlothian’s children and young people

Friday May 14th 2021

Business Gateway Midlothian Fairfield House

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Children and young people in Midlothian are to benefit again in 2021 from extra Scottish Government funding to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Midlothian Council will use the money to help children and young people, and their families and carers, get the right help when they need it from people with the skills, knowledge and experience to support them.

The Midlothian Children & Young People’s Mental Health Strategic Planning Group – a multi-agency group with members from the council, the NHS and the local voluntary sector – is overseeing the funding and has successfully awarded a further £197,000 to add to the £270,000 allocated in 2020, all of it going to support local children and young people through the provision of services and activities that will include: therapeutic family support, family counselling, anxiety management, supported play and personalised support for those with very high needs.

The following organisations will provide the services:

– The Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service in partnership with Midlothian Council Educational Psychology Service
– Artlink Edinburgh & Lothian’s.
– Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service
– Play Midlothian
– A partnership of Midlothian Sure Start, Home Link Family Support and Play Therapy Base.

There will be a further funding round in Spring 2022 when local organisations will again be invited to submit their funding proposals via the Midlothian Voluntary Action Children & Families Network.

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