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DHSC Announce Additional Funding to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing in Hillingdon

1 March 2024

Hillingdon’s children and young people are set to benefit from further Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) investment in preventative mental health and wellbeing services.

The further £3 million funding awarded to 24 hubs across the country includes national charity P3, People Potential Possibilities, who are poised to expand their P3 Navigator Hub services located in Yiewsley to offer ‘early support’ health and wellbeing.

The Navigator will offer access to an enhanced range of wellbeing and mental health services to support more young people from an earlier age, from 11-25. This one stop shop will support young people in Hillingdon to thrive through their transition into adulthood, supporting their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. 

By working alongside schools, offering bespoke on-site accommodation-based support for looked after children, assisting young people to access education, employment and training, as well as enabling young people to overcome any personal mental health challenges, the service will deliver holistic support and enable young people to lead more fulfilling lives. The service will be person-led, delivered at the young person’s pace, when and how they decide, enabling them to achieve positive change.

P3 CEO Mark Simms stated:

“Children and young people experience so many pressures as they grow into adulthood—social, emotional, physical—that equipping them with effective tools to manage their own mental health has to be a priority.

“This funding recognises the importance of local services using their expertise to innovate and reshape the mental health environment. Here, P3’s enhanced service will offer young people access to quality mental health and wellbeing support right in the heart of their own community—meaning this is a service that will deliver a positive and meaningful impact.”

Mental Health Minister Maria Caulfield stated:

“This government is taking the long term decisions needed to make our healthcare system faster, simpler and fairer. Mental health support for our young people is a key part of that.

No child or young person should suffer alone, and this additional funding for 24 mental health hubs will improve access and bring in more staff and experts who can help those who need it the most. 

This will build on the brilliant work they already do, and supports our ongoing work to make sure every person has access the highest quality mental health services. The P3 Navigator Hub currently provides a drop-in service for young people in crisis and offers advice on range of areas including homelessness, unemployment, physical and mental health and domestic abuse.”

P3’s Hillingdon Hub are one of only 24 projects UK-wide to be selected by the DHSC to receive this funding to help prevent mental ill-health.

More information on the transformation of mental health services and their funding is available from DHSC.