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£7.6m for mental health services

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The Welsh Government says it is investing an extra £7.6m every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales.

The additional funding will help improve specialist child and adolescent mental health services’ (CAMHS) ability to respond out of hours and at times of crisis; expand access to psychological therapies for young people; improve provision for children and young people in local primary mental health support services and ensure services intervene early to meet the needs of young people who develop psychosis.

A considerable amount of work is now underway to move CAMHS forward. I have always been clear that money alone is not the answer for all the challenges facing the NHS, but the changes we are seeking to make to these services are the most significant for many years and ensuring appropriate resources are available will help to achieve the right outcomes for children and young people

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health and Social Services Minister
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Catch up, Wales This Week: Depression and Me

Mair Elliott has been campaigning to improve mental health services for young people in Wales Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Wales This Week has been following Mair as she campaigns to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness and to improve the support that is available to young people.

Wales This Week, Depression and Me is now available to watch online at itv.com/walesprogrammes

If you know of anyone who would like advice or support about a mental health problem you can visit the following websites:

http://www.mind.org.uk/

http://www.youngminds.org.uk

http://www.hafal.org/

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Prince's Trust: 'We need to reach out to young people'

More than one in five young people in Wales have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment, The Prince's Trust has warned.

Paul Brown, from The Prince's Trust, told ITV News: "Twenty one per cent of young people in Wales who've been unemployed say they've experienced at least one symptom of mental health or emotional well being.

"We need to reach out to these young people...and say there are things they can do to turn their lives around."

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Expert: Unemployment a 'public health issue'

Unemployment should be a "public health issue" after youth charity the Prince's Trust revealed the extent of mental illnesses among Britain's jobless youngsters.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, commented:

This research proves that unemployment is a public health issue.

It is one that must be tackled urgently and it is essential that youth unemployment is added to the public health agenda.

Unemployed young people are struggling in many aspects of their lives, from their mental health and wellbeing to their relationships and their qualifications and we must act quickly to end this.

– chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health Shirley Cramer

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Breaking mental health barriers

Nine out of ten people in Wales with a mental health problem say they have experienced discrimination.

That is why the Time to Change Wales Campaign, backed by mental health charities, has this week launched a new television advert, trying to tackle the stigma around mental ill health.

It is hoped the campaign will raise awareness and get people talking about the issues