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DfE announces children’s mental health pilot in 250 schools

Government minister Sam Gyimah has said that more than 250 schools will trial a new initiative to boost support for children with mental health problems.

The initiative will involve a single person being named as children’s mental health lead in each school, becoming responsible for mental health, and developing closer relationships with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

“We have invested £1.5m and are working with 255 schools to test out how training and subsequent joint working can improve local knowledge and the identification of mental health issues, and improve referrals to specialist services.”
 
Gyimah also reaffirmed his commitment to introducing peer mentoring in schools, whereby students will support their peers on mental health issues.