14 schools in Gloucestershire are to benefit from £85,000 worth of funding that will see them work together with local health services to improve children’s mental health.

The CCG worked with partners, including Gloucestershire County Council and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, to submit the county’s case to government in a bid to secure the money.

It will mean schools get better support around children’s mental health and easier access to local, specialist mental health services where appropriate.

Out of the 80 bids submitted from across the country, Gloucestershire’s was one of 22 which were successful.

The CCG has invested an additional £50,000 in the project which will be piloted initially in the Stroud and Berkeley Vale area. The results will then be used to plan how to roll out new ways of working across the whole county.