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first_img Around £250,000 per year to develop an emotional wellbeing service for schoolchildren aged nine to 14 that will offer training and expert clinical advice to clusters of schools, as well as supporting groups or individual children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger issues or those that are at risk of self-harm or eating disorders; Young people and parents are set to benefit from extended mental health services in Hastings, backed by a £600,000 annual investment from the government’s Opportunity Area programme.The funding will develop the advice and support services available for young people in Hastings to improve their emotional wellbeing at home, school or further education, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced during a visit to Sussex Coast College in Hastings yesterday (17 May) to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.Hastings is one of 12 Opportunity Areas identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ which are receiving a share of £72million to raise aspirations and opportunities for the young people who live there.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: £100,000 per year to expand Hastings’ award-winning i-Rock service to five days a week from three as of September 2018. i-Rock offers a drop-in service for young people aged 14 to 25-years-old providing them with advice on emotional and mental wellbeing, employment, education and housing; Working with schools and colleges to identify the best approaches being used to supporting their students’ mental health and resilience, to share locally for the maximum benefit. More than £250,000 per year to expand support for parents and carers in Hastings, including ‘Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme’, which aims to encourage parents to seek support where they need it and offers practical strategies to help foster healthy family relationships, preventing problems developing at home; and Young people in Hastings have told us mental health is one of their big concerns, and we know that it can have a real impact on their lives – that’s why the Opportunity Area programme is spending over £600,000 a year to improve training for school staff, increase access to local services and strengthen family relationships to boost wellbeing at home. During Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s important to hear first-hand from the people running these important projects in Hastings and from the young people who benefit. The more we can improve the support that is in place for them, the more likely it is that they will grow up feeling confident and positive about their future.center_img The Secretary of State is absolutely right to prioritise social mobility, and Opportunity Areas have real potential to transform life chances for children and young people. Triple P is an evidence-based parenting programme that delivers real and long-lasting benefits for children and families, and is a vital part of the jigsaw. Triple P is working with a number of partners in the Hastings Opportunity Area to help families build healthy relationships and prevent problems developing, including in mental health. We look forward to continuing our work and expanding our offer so that all young people in the area, and indeed across the country, can achieve their full potential. Confirming the funding during Mental Health Awareness Week, the Education Secretary was joined by Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye and met with young people who have benefitted from the i-Rock project, as well as school and college leaders and members of the Hastings Opportunity Area independent board to discuss the programme’s wider work.The programme has been developed in partnership with local organisations and the additional funding builds on existing investment from Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and East Sussex County Council.Hastings Opportunity Area will focus on four strands of work: improving literacy, raising attainment in maths, broadening young people’s horizons and preparing them for the work, and improving mental health and resilience. Chief Executive of Triple P UK, Matt Buttery, said: The mental health investment includes:last_img read more

first_imgThe Lakers’ success in the free-agent market will rely on other factors, of course. The Lakers have enough cap space to sign one maximum-salary free agent. It appears likely recruiting efforts will mostly fall on Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ 36-year-old star currently intent on playing out the final year of his contract next season that will pay him $25 million. The Lakers may have whiffed last summer in the LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony free-agency sweepstakes. But they signed Young to a four-year, $21 million deal as part of their fallback plan. That has offered the Lakers’ fanbase and locker room continuous feel-good moments in an otherwise sour season filled with endless losses and injuries. “It’s been interesting, to say the least,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said on the Young coaching experience. “The one thing Nick does bring is a lot of playfulness and laughter at practice and games. He’s always smiling so you have no choice but to like the kid. The thing I love about him the most is with all the playfulness that he has, he wants to win. That’s big time.”That dynamic has played out in different ways. Young has averaged 14.6 points per game this season, a mark that only trails Bryant’s team-leading 22.6-points-per-game average. Young’s production ranks fourth in the NBA among reserves. That has proven good enough for Young to lead the Lakers’ bench in scoring 17 times in the 32 games he’s played since returning from a right thumb injury that sidelined him for the season’s first six weeks. Young also owns all four of the Lakers’ four-point plays this season. “I try to block out all the negativity and just be Swaggy out there,” Young said. “They told me you can’t turn Swaggy off. You made this guy so you got to be him.”Yet, Scott has become more agitated over Young’s play in recent weeks. After making a game-winning 3-pointer last month in San Antonio, Young called himself, “I.D.M.” for “I Don’t Miss.” Young then went on a 15-game stretch where he shot a combined 59 of 173 from the field. Young has since shot a combined 11 of 20 in the past two games. But Scott has continuously pushed for Young to expand his game on defense, passing, hustle plays and practice preparation. So much that Scott has threatened Young with reduced playing time.“I told him, ‘You’re going to get out what you put in it,’” Scott said. “At practice, you want guys to be serious. Sometimes he has a hard time being serious.”Just a little. Young’s postgame interviews become stand-up comedy routines. He has joked he’ll end his NBA career with 46,000 points, something that vastly exceeds Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record-setting 38,387 points. Young jokingly blames teammates’ poor shooting for why he only averages one assist per game. Young routinely interrupts his teammates’ interviews. Meanwhile, Young has enjoyed the enhanced limelight stemmed from his relationship with hip hop star Iggy Azalea.Yet, the Lakers’ most serious star has downplayed Young’s playful personality. After all, Young often speaks softly for only a few minutes after losses. “He understands in order to be Swaggy P and for people to pay attention to Swaggy P, he’s got to put that work in on the court,” Bryant said. “Or no one’s going to give a (darn).”Young offered Bryant a glimpse about his on-court approach when he worked out privately with him shortly after etching his long-term deal with the Lakers. That mindset carried over during Bryant’s infamous practice tirade last month when he unleashed a profanity-laced rant and comparing the team’s toughness to tissue paper. Young responded by matching up with Bryant and repeatedly claiming, “No one can guard me one-on-one.”“Some of it is just fear of embarrassment,” Bryant said about Young standing up to him. “People are watching and you have cameras rolling. The last thing you want is to seem like a wuss. But he’s very competitive.”Yet, Young sensed his partnership with the Lakers came close to dissolving after taking a risk by opting out of his contract before free agency. “I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Young said. “I was nervous and scared. I wanted to be here, but I kept hearing all the Carmelo rumors and Kobe having dinner with Carmelo. I knew once they paid him all that money, there would be none for me.” Young reported he also sparked interest from the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, the latter scenario only possible had Pau Gasol not left the Lakers for the Bulls. “I wanted some more security because I felt like this was home,” Young said. “But I wanted to be at the best place.”Now that Young has stayed at what he considers the best place, he will try to convince free agents this summer to view the Lakers with the same affection. As he has demonstrated in both his play and personality, Young remained confident he will help make that happen. “I’m the good guy!” Young said. “Everybody likes me.”For the latest Lakers news, follow the Inside the Lakers blog. More on Nick Young | Nick Young photos | VIDEO: Young talks about shooting struggles How to explain Young’s optimism?Well, the former L.A. Cleveland High and USC product grew up idolizing the Lakers and remembers how customary it became for them to host championship parades. But the man who playfully labeled himself this season as the NBA’s best all-time shooter also argued he will play a significant role this offseason in helping the Lakers attract marquee free agents. “I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young told the L.A. News Group shortly after the Lakers’ loss on Monday to the Phoenix Suns. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.”Swaggy P, the Lakers’ free-agent pitchman? NEW ORLEANS >> His frustration over another loss eventually faded away. Nick Young’s playful bantering with teammates soon stopped. Then, moments after boasting about another high-volume scoring performance, Young turned serious.Both quiet and reflective, Young seemed aware the Lakers (12-30) enter Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (20-21) at Smoothie King Center with issues beyond a five-game losing streak and the NBA’s fourth-worst record. Will the Lakers ever return to championship prosperity?“It’s tough, but I know it’s going to get better,” Young told the Los Angeles News Group. “This offseason is going to be big for us. It’s going to work out.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more