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£3 million of new funding announced to support Mental Health in Wales

£3 million of new funding announced to support Mental Health in Wales

Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing Eluned Morgan has announced additional funding of nearly £3 million to support some of the most vulnerable mental health service users in Wales.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of many people and it is hoped that the new support will provide a 'helping hand' to those who are most vulnerable in the pandemic.

The new funding is in addition to various other investments made in recent months in Wales to support people's mental health. In particular, £1.3m has been invested to support a number of programmes including the rollout of Silvercloud, an online cognitive behavioural therapy pilot. Last month, an additional £10m was announced by Education Minister Kirsty Williams to support mental health services and financial hardship funds for higher education students.

Announcing new funding, Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and the Welsh Language Eluned Morgan said;

“We know that early intervention is vital for better outcomes. We’ve seen the devastating effect this pandemic has had on the most vulnerable members of our society and we must provide an extra helping hand when they need it.

“This funding is a key part of our recovery plan, where we have committed to protecting and improving individuals’ well-being, supporting the homeless, and reducing unemployment to give people the best chance in life.

The new funding is split into seven different areas and will see the Welsh Government work in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, local authorities, the police, Area Planning Boards and health boards. 

In particular, the funding will provide early, targeted support, for the most vulnerable individuals in a preventative capacity.

The new funding includes;

  • £1.4million towards third sector led schemes designed to address low-level mental health and wellbeing need
  • £75,000 will fund the ‘I Can Work’ programme supporting people with mild to moderate mental health problems into paid work
  • £25,000 to support development for the substance misuse workforce to ensure they are adequately skilled and supported to provide essential services
  • £750,000 to provide residential rehabilitation accommodation for those with complex needs to successfully transition to living independently in permanent accommodation.
  • £500,000 to provide PPE to substance misuse services providing a range of support for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
  • £150,000 Digital Inclusion Fund for the enhancement of digital services for service users who are currently excluded.
  • £50,000 to support work with police forces across Wales piloting nasal naloxone kits as part of the drive to reduce drug related deaths.

Anyone in Wales who is concerned about their mental health or somebody else's mental health can access the C.A.L.L helpline by phoning 0800 137 737 or by texting 'help' to 81066.

 

More links to Mental Health Support can be found here.

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