YOUNG people in Cumbria and Morecambe Bay will soon benefit from funding for new teams to work with primary and secondary school pupils to support their emotional wellbeing needs.

There are already two teams in Cumbria – one in Barrow and the other in Carlisle.

Morecambe Bay also has an existing additional team working in Morecambe.

The latest funding support from NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) and the Department for Education (DfE) means three more teams, two in North Cumbria and one in Morecambe Bay, will be developed.

The teams are made up of mental health professionals trained to deliver an early intervention response directly with pupil populations, and also alongside school staff to develop a whole school approach.

Around 8000 pupils can be supported by each team.

The teams also include the new role of emotional wellbeing practitioners.

All the new teams will be in place from autumn 2023.