BIG PIC­TURE

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in­creas­ing. Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship Trust has es­ti­mated that re­fer­rals have gone up by 25 per cent in just the past cou­ple of years.

There is also grow­ing aware­ness of the is­sues re­lat­ing to men­tal health.

This ap­plies to adults as well as young peo­ple – and that is a good thing.

But, it is also very clear that so­cial me­dia am­pli­fies th­ese chal­lenges.

That’s why it is right to go on find­ing bet­ter, more ef­fec­tive ways of help­ing young peo­ple as their fam­i­lies face th­ese chal­lenges.

And that means press­ing new me­dia providers to face up to their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The in­dus­try needs to step up to the plate – it is an ur­gent pri­or­ity.

It is good to see ex­tra fund­ing for young peo­ple’s men­tal health, but a more in­te­grated ap­proach is also re­quired.

The new ‘Emo­tion­ally Healthy Schools’ ini­tia­tive be­ing taken for­ward in Mac­cles­field, which in­cludes the Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship, our Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, Cheshire East Coun­cil, schools, and the town’s ex­cel­lent Just Drop-In com­mu­nity group – pro­vid­ing coun­selling ser­vices – is most wel­come.

That’s a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple of a truly joined -up ap­proach.

●● This week’s Big Pic­ture of the sun and new moon near For­est Chapel was taken by Stu McNeil. Email your im­ages to us at mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk or up­load them to our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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