THURROCK Council has launched a new scheme to support all young people with their mental health.
The innovative School Wellbeing Service is a partnership between the council, Thurrock CCG and schools and academies which will change the way emotional wellbeing and mental health support is delivered to children and young people in Thurrock. The service will work closely with families and school staff to help our young people with their emotional wellbeing, and identify and prevent the development of mental health issues as early as possible.
The service was launched with a special conference which took place yesterday (Tuesday, 15 October) at Orsett Hall Hotel, Grays. Partners, including teachers and healthcare professionals, pledged to embrace the initiative by further developing programmes for children, young people and families, and championing the ways to positive wellbeing.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet Member for Education and Health, said: “Following the Mental Health Summit in May 2018, one of the key recommendations was to develop a School Wellbeing Service, which I am delighted to say has finally launched with massive new investment.
“Mental illness in children and young people is often preventable and we are working with partners to make sure those in the borough get the support they need before reaching crisis point. By delivering effective interventions we can strengthen the emotional wellbeing of our young people, allowing students to access education, make academic progress and thrive.”