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NEARLY 40 groups have applied for cash for projects on mental health in youngsters.

Groups from Portsmouth and the surrounding area requested a total of £206,823 from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

The 38 organisations will receive grants up to £6,000 for the prevention and treatment of mental health issues for youngsters.

Chief executive Jakes Ferguson said: ‘This is the first time we have run a youth mental health-themed grant programme. This overwhelming response identifies there is a need for support.’