Huge grant awarded to support young people's mental health in Rutland
A grant of almost £500,000 has been handed to Rutland by the Big Lottery Fund to support young people's mental health and well-being.
Every schoolchild in Rutland is set to benefit after the massive award made by the UK's largest funder of community activity.
Rutland will be leading the way ahead of the rest of the country and hopes to act as a national trailblazer.
The ambitious, wide-ranging project is called Resilient Rutland.
The scheme, to be managed by Rutland First, will start next year and run for three years.
A staggering 1 in 10 young people has a diagnosable mental health illness and 75 per cent of them do not receive "timely and appropriate treatment".
The young people of Rutland have said mental health issues are their number one concern and action is required.
Dr Ann Williams and her team have been working with local schools since 2014.
“ Rutland, as England’s smallest county, is often overlooked for funding.
"Yet mental health issues are the same as elsewhere," said Dr Williams.
"I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has approved our plan to improve the well-being of our young people.
"The grant will allow us to bring much needed professional support to our schools.”.
The Patron of Resilient Rutland is the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, who has been closely involved with the project for some time.
She said: “I am so delighted that Resilient Rutland has gained £500,000 of National Lottery funding.
"Rutland takes its young people seriously, has listened to them and has succeeded in getting this funding in order to introduce mental health resilience training across schools in the county.
"Childhood has changed.
"Young people today face enormous pressures on their mental health.
"This money can make a real difference to youngsters across Rutland.
"It is my hope that Rutland, because of its small size, can be a pilot and example of what can be achieved on a bigger scale nationally so Resilient Rutland may have national impact.”