The Welsh Government has announced an investment of £7.1million to protect, improve and support the mental health of children and young people. Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, announced the funding along with the Welsh Government’s Health Minister.
The funding supports the whole-school approach to improve mental health and wellbeing in schools, as well as building on existing work in this area.
It follows a number of recommendations made in ‘Mind over Matter’, a report from the Children, Young People and Education Committee in the National Assembly for Wales.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“This is much welcome funding very much in line with Welsh Liberal Democrat priorities.
“Our 2016 manifesto and the Progressive Agreement each contained a commitment to end mental health discrimination. This funding is another step towards making that commitment a reality.
“There is still a lot to do and Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to work to improve mental health services, including through our work in the Welsh Government.”
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Minister for Education, said:
“The mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people is an absolute priority, and our ‘whole school’ approach ensures this is central to the way schools work and touch on all the different aspects of school life.
“This funding will help build on the dedicated, professional support we provide to schools, including through our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), to ensure our pupils are fully supported through each stage of their education.”