Pledge to support youth with extra £9.4m investment in children and young people mental health services

The additional funding, being announced at the start of Children's Mental Health Week, recognises the effect being away from school and regular support networks has had on young people during the pandemic.

The Welsh Government has already demonstrated that it is committed to addressing the issue of mental health across society and spends more on this than any other aspect of the NHS – with a protected minimum spend of £783m for 2021-22. This represents an extra £42m additional funding into mental health support, as it is not just young people who are struggling with this issue during the pandemic.

The Welsh Government has boosted support for mental health services because of the increased levels of anxiety in Wales during the pandemic, and the anticipated increase in mental health issues.