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Wales: funding doubled for ‘whole school’ mental health projects

20 March 2020

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards to support the mental health of children and young people.

An additional £2.5m will be used to support projects under a ‘whole school’ approach, which puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of the way schools work.

The new funding is part of the Welsh Government’s Together for Mental Health strategy. The latest delivery plan includes a range of preventative actions, including improving access to green spaces, cultural activities and outdoor recreation to support mental health and wellbeing.

‘Ensuring our children have access to effective mental health support is essential’

Health and social services minister Vaughan Gething said: ‘Ensuring our children have access to effective mental health support is essential if they are to grow up to be healthy and confident individuals.

‘I’m pleased to say that Wales has led the way by providing counselling services for children and young people aged between 11 and 18, as well as pupils in Year 6 of primary school.’

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