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6 March 2018, 12:18
The campaign to extend support for young people in mental health crisis in the South Lakes has been a success.
Funding has been confirmed for a professional out-of-hours service where children can get help.
Currently in the north of the county the crisis team is available from 9am-8pm, with a weekend service running from 10am-1pm.
However, young people in the South Lakes can only access the specialist mental health crisis team from 9am-5pm on weekdays.
Over the past few weeks local MP Tim Farron has raised the issue with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt in Parliament.
He also handed over a 2,500-strong petition to Morecambe Bay CCG calling for an out-of-hours service to be extended to those living in South Cumbria.
Today it’s been announced that the funding has been secured to roll out the service, and recruitment is already underway.
Mr Farron said: “I want to say a big thank you to the thousands of people who have backed this campaign – thanks to your support, you’ve made a massive difference to young people’s lives in our area.
“But this is only the tip of the iceberg – there is still so much more that needs to be done to improve mental health provision and I will keep on fighting for the most vulnerable in our society.”