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Children’s Mental Health Under the Spotlight

Added on: 17th May, 2019 by Christina_41410

Children’s Mental Health Under the Spotlight

Fegans Offers Mental Health Support for Young People

Last Updated:
Sat, 18 May 2019

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“Over the last year, the issue most often raised with me has been children’s mental health. I’m very concerned that children’s inability to access mental health support leads to a whole range of additional problems, from school exclusions to care placements breaking down, to children ending up in the youth justice system.” Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, April 2019
Kent Community Foundation the Ashford based grant maker, already supports several children’s mental health charities within Kent and Medway and is keen to hear from new or existing charities, helping with these issues, who need support.

Fegans is just one of Kent mental health charities that has successfully applied for support from Kent Community Foundation (KCF).
Over the last three years, KCF has awarded Fegans, grants totalling £54,000 to support its work with children’s mental health. The most recent grant of £4,950 was awarded for their work to offer professional counselling to support vulnerable young people in crisis.
In their application to KCF, Fegans said, “Recent statistics reveal that in the UK three children in every classroom have a mental health problem. (The figure has since increased to 4 in every classroom.) We know that young people are struggling with issues including, bullying, anxiety, abuse, domestic violence and self-harm and we want to support them with counselling.”
With the funds from the most recent KCF grant, Fegans has been able to offer access to mental health support, with a programme including counselling that re-orientates children's perspectives of themselves to enable positive self-image and greatly increase emotional resilience. Troubled families are given one to one support to help them understand their actions and behaviours. The families have parent support workers working alongside them to identify family difficulties and give them information and practical help to make positive choices.
Charities interested in applying for funding, should visit the KCF website, www.kentcf.org.uk/apply call, 01303 814 500 or email, admin@kentcf.org.uk

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