Ann Jones AM supports initiative to put specialist mental health support in local schools

Ann Jones AM has welcomed a Welsh Labour Government initiative to provide children and teachers in Denbighshire with the emotional and mental health support they need. The support will be provided in schools as part of a unique new initiative being unveiled this week. Denbighshire is one of three pilot areas where the initiative is running.

£1.4m will be invested to strengthen the support from specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to schools. Dedicated CAMHS practitioners will be recruited to work with pilot schools in three areas across Wales.  The practitioners will provide teachers with on-site help and advice, ensuring pupils experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, and compulsive self-harm or conduct disorders receive early help in schools from suitably trained staff, preventing more serious problems occurring later in life.

Ann Jones AM said “One in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives.  Getting the right treatment at an early stage, coupled with greater awareness of conditions, can in many cases prevent long term adverse impacts.”

“This announcement shows means that children in our area will get the support they need.”

“One of the Welsh Government’s key aims is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Wales.  This will help us achieve our ambition of prosperity for all, while taking significant steps to shift our approach from treatment to prevention.”