New mental health initiative launched in Redcar and Cleveland
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have secured £71,000 from the Skills Funding Agency to provide learning opportunities to people who suffer with their mental health.
The council will be working in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector to co-deliver the pilot scheme across the borough, reports the Northern Echo.
The scheme will launch in September and offer support for people aged 19 and over through courses for people suffering with their mental health.
Adults with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders will be supported back into learning through effective activities such as art classes, healthy lifestyles and small animal care by the Ways to Wellbeing scheme.
The council is working in collaboration with Redcar and Cleveland Mind, Coast and Country Housing, The Junction, Carers Together Redcar, South Tees Prescribing Board andTees ValleyRural Community Councils’ Community Agents on the campaign.
Veronica Harnett, chief Executive of Redcar and Cleveland Mind, said: “Many of our clients find it difficult to access courses that will improve their wellbeing. When you are feeling depressed or anxious it’s hard to even think about trying something new without someone to give you support. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to use our expertise as a partnership to develop something innovative that makes a real difference in helping people feel better about themselves whilst learning new skills along the way.”
Cllr Lynn Pallister, the council’s cabinet member for health and housing, said: “With evidence suggesting that educational approaches can benefit people experiencing these mental health problems, we are pleased that this initiative will be delivered to those who need it the most in our borough. By tackling anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, the residents of this borough who suffer from such conditions can hopefully go on to lead healthier, and therefore happier lives.”
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