Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

07 December 2018

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

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The new ‘In-Reach to Schools’ programme will see dedicated child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) practitioners work with school staff in four pilot areas to strengthen the specialist support for teachers, children and young people.

Practitioners will provide teachers with ‘youth mental-health first aid’ training and advice to help pupils experiencing issues such as anxiety, low mood, and self-harm or conduct disorders.

In addition, the schools will be supported to develop five mental wellbeing strategies: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

The two-year pilot programme is part of a £1.4m Welsh Government investment to strengthen CAMHS support in schools. 

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