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£7.6m for young people's mental health services

Picture posed by model. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Welsh Government says an extra £7.6m will be invested annually in child and adolescent mental health services in Wales to make sure young people receive the right treatment at the right time

£2.7m will support the NHS-led service change and development of CAMHS, which was launched earlier this year.

It will also support specialist services, ensuring young people are assessed when they present in crisis at an A&E department or are arrested under s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

A further £1.1m will be invested to support the development of psychological therapies for children and young people across Wales.

Reservoir warning in the heatwave

With a heat wave approaching and more and more of us looking to enjoy the outdoors, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is reminding people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs and open water.

Llyn Cwellyn reservoir, near Rhyd Ddu in north Wales. Credit: PA

Welsh Water owns and maintains more than 80 reservoirs across Wales and although visitors are welcomed to these recreational sites, they should not swim in the reservoirs as it is extremely dangerous and can prove fatal.

It says the tragic deaths of two people at reservoirs in Brecon Beacons reservoirs (Ponsticill and Cantref) over the same weekend in 2013 are a reminder of the dangers presented by swimming in reservoirs.

"While reservoirs might seem like a great place to cool off, they are full of hidden dangers with freezing cold water and strong currents."

– Ian Christie, Director of Water Services
  • Automatic equipment located under the surface of the water, which can sometimes operate without obvious warning
  • Very cold and deep water that can cause even strong swimmers to find themselves in difficulty
  • Most reservoirs are in remote locations, with little or no mobile phone reception, so the chance of rescue is greatly reduced

There were signs everywhere but we ignored them. As a 15 year old, you just think you are invincible and that it wouldn’t happen to me or any of us.

It could have been any one of us, or more than one of us. I want to do all I can to make sure people realise that no matter how beautiful the reservoirs look, the reality is they are very dangerous.

– Lauren Jennings, lost one of her best freinds

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