North Somerset Council to offer families more help with mental health issues

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 February 2017

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North Somerset Council says it is ‘very pleased’ to offer additional help to people with mental health issues, after it commissioned a new service aimed at families.

The scheme – called 1 in 4 People – will work with The High Impact Families Programme, which receives funding from the Department Of Communities and Local Government.

The programme provides support for families who have mental health difficulties and there will now be an additional layer of support provided by this new organisation.

The 1 in 4 People scheme will offer telephone and online video counselling sessions as well as mental health first aid training.

The news comes after the council said it has explored other options to provide more mental health provisions across the district – including the possibility of hiring more mental health staff – but its efforts were unsuccessful.

This new, two-year contract will be covered by The High Impact Families Programme’s budget. The first year of the contract will cost £12,800, to include training fees, while the second year will cost £6,200.

A spokesman for the council said: “Anxiety, depression and stress can have a significant impact on family life so we are very pleased to be able to increase access to mental health and wellbeing services for families who are working with the High Impact Families Programme.

“Many of these families have complex problems including domestic abuse, poor school attendance and/or are out of work.

“The services which ‘1 in 4 People’ will be providing will help families to move forward.”

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