MIDDLEWICH High School students are feeling the benefit of a mental health project which has been nominated for a national prize.

The Emotionally Healthy Schools project has been pioneered by the school in conjunction with five others in east Cheshire, plus groups including Cheshire East Council and NHS South Cheshire CCG.

It aims to reduce the number of young people that need help from mental health services by 2020 through improving resilience across schools and by training teaching staff.

Now, the programme has received national recognition after being nominated for a Local Government Chronicle award.

Harry Clayton, year 10 pupil at Middlewich High School, believes the project has been beneficial for the school’s students.

He told the Guardian: “We have worked closely with students at other schools and done assemblies  as part of the project.

“It has definitely helped everybody to understand the importance of mental health.

“It has helped people who have been involved in the project to understand that mental health issues can affect anybody at anytime.”

The winner will be announced next March.