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Mental Health Awareness Week – 13th to 19th May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week is a yearly, week-long campaign for awareness of mental health issues that encourages people to take positive action and promote health and wellbeing for all.

It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation. Throughout the week they publish research and articles to promote positive change. This year’s theme is Body Image, and you can find out more resources and information here. They have ideas on how to get involved here.

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams AM and the Health and Social Services Minister, Vaughan Gething AM, spoke this week about the importance of having open discussions about mental health in Wales’ schools.

The Education Minister highlighted the work that the Welsh Government is doing to introduce a Whole School approach to mental health, and noted the importance placed on wellbeing in the new curriculum.

The Health and Social Services Minister noted the Welsh Government’s investment in CAMHS, Transformation Fund projects, expanding numbers of specialist staff, and providing counselling for people aged 11 to 18, and Year 6 pupils.

You can read Ministers’ statements about efforts to improve mental wellbeing for children in Wales here.