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New £150k West Midlands mental health scheme set up

A £150,000 project to support young people with mental health needs has been launched in the West Midlands.

The money for the 12-month initiative will be spent on community workers who will guide people who have offended or are at risk of committing crimes.

The scheme, Roots for Life, will advise those aged 18 to 25 who want to get into work in Birmingham and Solihull.

It was launched by charity BITA Pathways and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Roots for Life will offer one-to-one support to get into paid work or volunteering, while also boosting self-esteem.

Mr Jamieson said: "We hope to engage with around 150 people through this project: that's 150 young people offered a new start in life.

"By working with former offenders or those at risk of offending, we also reduce the number of victims and that can only be a good thing."

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