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Local mental health charities Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, North East Lincolnshire Mind and North Lincolnshire Mind have received funding to offer therapeutic mental health support to young people across Hull, East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. These local charities promote mental health and offer tailored services to help people to get well, and stay well.

The Humber Violence Prevention Partnership, hosted by The Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, has allocated funding worth £40,000 to the charities to deliver therapeutic services to young people aged 10-18 with a focus on promoting mental health and wellbeing.

The Humber Violence Prevention Partnership aim to target resources where they will have the greatest effect in reducing violence in the future, looking at long-term and short-term solutions to prevention. The Humber Violence Prevention Partnership is part of 18 other Violence Reduction Units across England and Wales which have been operating since 2019.

Through this new support offer, the charities will work closely with Youth Justice Teams across the Humber area to provide early intervention support to young people who come into contact with criminal activity, particularly those involved in violent incidents. The team of specialist therapists will deliver a range of interventions and work collaboratively with the young person to create a trauma-informed plan.

Through this approach, the partnership hopes to reduce the contact of young people with the criminal justice system and improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership to offer valuable support to the young people who most need it in our area.  The programme will work with young people to help them develop strategies to take control, feel empowered and develop thoughtful and healthy futures in the face of challenging past experiences.”

PCC Jonathan Evison, Chair of the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership, said:

“One of the key aims of our Partnership is to provide positive interventions with young people who have come into contact with criminal activity, particularly violent crime. This programme, delivered by local charities, will deliver specialist therapy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those affected and improve their future prospects. I look forward to seeing it take shape.”

The project will be delivered by Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in conjunction with North East Lincolnshire Mind and North Lincolnshire Mind. The partnership will monitor progress on a monthly basis, with a focus on positive outcomes for young people’s lives.