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Derbyshire young people’s mental health scheme receives £75k funding

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A young people’s mental health scheme piloted in Chesterfield is to be expanded to schools and colleges throughout the county.

Derbyshire County Council has approved £75k funding to extend the Snapp-It project at 50 colleges and schools from the start of September in an effort to tackle mental health problems among young people.

The engagement project specifically targets those aged 15 to 19, offering face-to-face sessions addressing the importance of improving and maintaining personal wellbeing and raising awareness around mental health in general.

They will also be offered one of either a wristband, lanyard, smart card or phone badge, displaying a QR Code, which when scanned grants instant, 24/7 access to the Snapp-It app offering mental health support information.

A report into the scheme states: “Young people in Derbyshire have been identified as a group at higher risk of mental, emotional, sexual and physical ill health, with incidents of self-harm being reported at between 15-20,000 a year.

“It is evidenced that 50 per cent of all adult mental health problems start in teenage years in people as young as 14 years old.”

The project builds upon a scheme successfully piloted at six schools in Chesterfield, Erewash and High Peak last year during which 476 pupils received face-to-face engagement and emotional wellbeing support and 730 new users to the app were recorded.

The overall effectiveness of the scheme will be assessed at six and 12 months.

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