New children’s mental health service in Cambridge

Peterborough City Council has overseen plans for a new service to support young people with their well-being and mental health, to be launched in the new year.

The council has been working with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to develop the new service across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, awarding the contract to CHUMS, a mental health and emotional well-being social enterprise.

The service, which will pool resources from the three organisations, will support children and young people with mild-moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as offering preventative interventions for other behaviours such as self harm.

Sam Smith, cabinet member for children's services at Peterborough City Council, said: "This new service will allow us to transform our emotional well-being and mental health services to better meet the needs of children and young people. Effective and innovative support which is tailored for children and young people helps to prevent the escalation of emotional well-being and mental health issues into adulthood. It also improves the prospects and aspirations of children and young people into adulthood, which of course is life changing for the people being supported."

The new contract is due to start on 1 January 2018.