A SCHEME which is helping primary schools in the district to boost the mental wellbeing of their pupils has received recognition.

Bradford District and Craven’s myHappymind project has been shortlisted in two categories of a coveted national awards scheme.

It is a finalist in the Reducing Health Inequalities, and Moving Towards Net Zero through Digital, categories of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Digital Awards.

The myHappymind project is providing children in some of the district's most deprived areas with skills to build wellbeing and resilience and prevent long-term harm.

Both Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and Bradford Council are involved in helping to provide the NHS-backed digital programme, which offers interactive lessons and resources.

Dr Sohail Abbas, director of population health and inequalities with Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, says: "We are delighted to make the shortlist in two categories of the HSJ Digital Awards.

"The myHappymind programme is delivered to all children in a school to build resilience and self-esteem. We are proud to be working with myHappymind to reduce health inequalities, which is why we are targeting schools in the most deprived areas of the district as a priority. The project provides a digital solution with a low carbon emission."

Sarah Muckle, director of public health at Bradford Council, says: "It’s fantastic that myHappymind has been shortlisted for these awards.

"The mental health and wellbeing of children in our district is a priority for Bradford Council and the Health and Care Partnership, and projects like myHappymind are vital in ensuring that the needs of children in the most deprived areas are being met."

The awards recognise digital projects across the UK which are "transforming care delivery, enhancing efficiency and improving patient outcomes".

Judges described the myHappymind project as a "success story worthy of a place on the shortlist".

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on June 6.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan says: "It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception, as we acknowledge Bradford District and Craven’s myHappymind for being shortlisted in two categories.

"We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service."

For further information about myHappymind, visit myhappymind.org