New mental health workers in Blackpool schools are welcomed by resort MP
The introduction of a new team of mental health workers in Blackpool, who will go into schools to try and help youngsters with illnesses even earlier, has been welcomed by MP Paul Maynard.
Two new mental health workers and two new ‘wellbeing practitioners’ are currently holding a series of assemblies, and will be based at the Whitegate Drive Health Centre, The Gazette reported last week.
Mr Maynard, Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “It is vital we reach people, we provide young people with the support they need before they reach a crisis point.
“To be able to work with them in their own environment is incredibly helpful and I welcome the announcement by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
“I hope this announcement is just the start and we can see greater integration of services in Blackpool and elsewhere on the Fylde coast and more roles like this created, to ensure every pupil has access to support if they need it.”
Service manager David Eaton added: “It is important to catch mental health issues early because this can affect a young person’s education, and will help them reach their full potential.”
One in 10 under-19s in Blackpool are expected to suffer a mental illness.