The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards across Wales to protect, improve and support the mental health of children and young people.
The additional £2.5m, which will be used to support projects relating the Welsh Government’s whole school approach to mental health, was announced by Education Minister Kirsty Williams and Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething.
Working with partners on education, housing and employment to protect good mental health is a key theme in the third delivery plan for the Welsh Government’s mental health strategy Together for Mental Health, which was also published today.
The delivery plan recognises the progress that has been made to improve access to mental health services and includes a range of preventative actions including improving access to green spaces, cultural activities and outdoor recreation to support mental health and well-being.
As part of this approach, the whole school approach aims to ensure that mental health and wellbeing become central to the way schools work leading to more effective ways of prevention and early intervention.
The announcement comes just over a year since the Welsh Government formed a Joint Ministerial Task and Finish Group to accelerate work on improving mental health and wellbeing support in schools.
The group was set up following recommendations from the Mind over Matter report released by the National Assembly for Wales’ Children, Young People and Education Committee in 2018.
The Ministers confirmed that local authorities and local health boards would receive £1.5m and £264,000 respectively to support projects across Wales.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: