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. 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:
In the FIFA Soccer gaming category where 32 groups of 128 players played till the final two, Taiwo Adefularin defeated Akintoye Arogunmati to pick the top prize of N200,000. Akintoye went home with N100,000 as runners- up while third place winner, Adedeji Opoola received N50,000.In the PUBG category where eight players played five games in the room card mode, a player named Sleek emerged number one and went home with N100, 000 being the star prize in this category. Otis Precious who came second won N50,000 while there was a tie in the third position as Kida Burna and Ajayi went home each with N25,000.Ladi emerged tops in the Fortnite category where 2 groups of 8 players played 10 games each and and he received N100,000 while the second position went to Obinna who received N75,000. Anu who came third got N50,000.For MK 11 category where 32 players engaged in a knockout format, Ojeaga David Came out tops and won a cash prize of N100,000 while Chukwudi Okoli and Imasi Faruna who came in second and third respectively received N50,000 each.Earlier in a panel of discussion on e-sport with the theme: Africa, the next frontier for e-sports, discussants decried the disturbing lingering mindset especially among Nigerian parents that gaming is a waste of time.Bukola Akingbade of Kucheza Gaming, one of the panelists strongly advised parents to introduce their kids early to e-sports.She explained that with Nigeria’s population doubling in 2050, mobile gaming would soon become a good source of employment and visionary Nigerians should make efforts now that is not too late to cut a piece of the global gaming ‘cake’ that would be worth over $300billion in 2050.“Nigeria is really lagging behind in this race to create opportunities for e-sport athletes” she stressed.Commenting on growing e-sport in Nigeria, another panelist, Sidney Esiri of Sidizens Gaming said young people in Nigeria can get involved in the e-sport leagues for high schools and universities and consolidate their positions before moving into higher leagues even as professional e- athletes.Esiri, also popularly known as Dr Sid, equally pointed out another area that games can be relevant to the country.He explained that Historical facts about our history and culture can be preserved and projected through various games.“African can ensure that our story and history are projected in the right perspective in various games we develop, f we make the right investments in this direction.Over the years, Techplus has gathered great momentum as an authoritative platform of everything technology, providing a robust experience through its conferences, and gaming structures whilst serving as a platform for knowledge sharing and networking for the consumers, e-sport lovers and businesses.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *As Stakeholders call on Nigerians to embrace e-sportsThirteen winners have emerged from hundreds of athletes that competed in the gaming tournament at the recently concluded Techplus 2019 conference held at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.Players challenged themselves in four different games namely; FIFA Soccer, PUBG battle royal, card mode, Fortnite and MK11.