North Yorkshire Charity Targets Kids' Mental Health

1:18pm 10th October 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and a North Yorkshire charity is offering its services to schools in the county.

Compass BUZZ is a new, innovative and free project that aims to improve the mental heath and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-18 (25 with SEND) in schools across North Yorkshire.

In 2015, NHS England published a report called 'Future in Mind' which set out the national ambition to dramatically improve children and young people's mental health services by 2020. Through Future in Mind funding the new school mental health and wellbeing project, now launched as Compass BUZZ, was commissioned on behalf of five clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) within North Yorkshire.

The aim of the project is to develop a 'whole school approach' with the priority placed on improving the resilience and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  As a result of the project's wraparound support, school staff will feel empowered to tackle stigma and effectively respond to children and young people's emotional and mental health needs. This will prevent problems escalating through to specialist services and enable them to be happy and healthy young people with brighter futures.

Highly skilled and committed Wellbeing Workers will deliver a free rolling programme of tiered training to local schools and other key professionals, promoting a range of early help and prevention strategies as part of a wider integrated multi-agency approach.

Compass BUZZ will also co-deliver one-to-one sessions and group work to children and young people alongside school staff, using a combination of evidenced-based and solution focussed interventions.

Team Leader Emma Tymon has been talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..