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Innovation Fund for projects to boost young people’s mental health

Innovation Fund for projects to boost young people’s mental health

If you work with children and young people in Hertfordshire and have an idea for a project to boost their emotional health and wellbeing, bid for funding now.

Organisations and groups can apply for up to £10,000 from the Innovation Fund. Schools, youth and community groups, charities, NHS, local councils and housing associations can all apply.

A funding pot has been set aside as part of the transformation of mental health services for children and young people in Hertfordshire.

“We want young people, and groups working with them, to get creative,” said Dr Steve Kite, a Ware GP who leads on services for children and young people for East and North Hertfordshire CCG. “We’re looking to fund projects that support vulnerable young people, which tackle topics like bereavement, body image and self-esteem in a different way. This is a real opportunity to make a difference to the emotional health of young people in the county.”

Last year, the Government published Future in Mind, which outlined the need for fundamental change in mental health services for children and young people. Hertfordshire reviewed all child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and developed its CAMHS Transformation programme, led by the county’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the county council.

As we improve services over the next five years our approach will:

  • emphasise prevention and early intervention, investing in staff to increase capacity
  • deliver services offering swift access to evidence-based and flexible support
  • focus on the young person and their emotional resilience, not their diagnosis
  • empower children, young people, their families and professionals to make informed choices about services and treatment.

We are looking for projects that support this approach and address:

  • Developing emotional resilience
  • Working with hard to reach / vulnerable groups
  • Improve mental health services for women during pregnancy and within the first year after having a baby, known as the perinatal period 
  • Providing support for parents
  • Transition from services for young people to adult services
  • Supporting loss / working with bereaved families
  • Working with autism / ADHD / ADD
  • Whole school emotional wellbeing
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Self-esteem / body image

Funding applications need to be submitted by Friday 28 October 2016. Young people will be on the panel which decides bids. For more information and to download the application form, visit http://bit.ly/2cMjeDV_Inn_Fund 

You can read Hertfordshire’s Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2015-17 here.