- Less than half believe support services in their schools or colleges are very good
- Some children waiting up to a year for treatment
- Inquiry listened to concerns of children and young people across Wales
than 60 per cent of children and young people experience difficult emotions or
mental health issues at least once a week in Wales.
is just one of the findings of an inquiry by a committee of Welsh Youth
Parliament members looking into emotional and mental health support.
Their report - Let's Talk About Mental Health - is available here
A video has been produced to coincide with the report launch, and is available on YouTube
survey of more than 1,600 people including children, young people, parents,
carers and professionals also found a lack of education about the amount of
support available for emotional and mental health and a need for better access
to counselling in schools and colleges.
I travelled around my constituency there were many things that shocked me. One
of the things is how many people need mental health support, the second is the
lack of support for us, and third, the number of people who do not know that
there is support available if we are struggling.” - Ifan Price, Welsh Youth
Parliament Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd.
than half of children and young people thought the support services available
in their places of learning was very good.
20 percent of parents and carers agreed.
health can affect anyone, and it is absolutely critical that those who need the
support and guidance, are given the proper resources and means to do so.” Emily
Kaye, Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Llanelli.
committee was told of lengthy waiting lists for mental health services with
more than half of adults surveyed saying a child or young person they had
referred for support had to wait up to a year for treatment.
“I think we need to give ALL children information on where to get help
whatever the situation. The problem is with the majority of the services that
give help and support don't give it until you've reached breaking point, this
needs to change!” – 16-year-old non-binary young person from Caerphilly.
also learned of a lack of education or available information about mental
health and the services available, as well as a need to end the stigma and
normalise the issue so more children and young people could feel confident
talking about their feelings.
depends on the service/people they have in their lives…young people will open
up to people they feel comfortable with and trust to do so.” - Youth Worker
someone else show concern before you raise it yourself can be a huge motivating
factor in seeking help. It may be useful to develop a way to make people aware
of the signs of struggle, so this is possible.” – 17-year-old girl from
committee concluded that not enough was being done to make children and young
people aware of the support services available to them and that much more
information and education should be put in place, including from a much earlier
sees the new curriculum in Wales, set to be rolled out from 2022 as an
opportunity to incorporate mental health into the classroom. Linked to this,
the committee believes schools should increase the amount of time that
counsellors are available to support young people.
the issue of CAMHS, members concluded, urgent action is needed to reduce
waiting times. Better promotion of alternative services for those who haven’t
yet reached crisis point would enable young people to use coping techniques
which could, in turn, reduce the strain on CAMHS.
full report will be sent to the Welsh Government to respond to.
Youth Parliament's Three Key Priorities
report is the second of three key priorities decided on by the Welsh Youth
Parliament when it first met in February last year. Those priorities were:
Senedd Committee Report on Mental Health
Emotional and Mental Health report is published ahead of World Mental Health
Day (10 October), and coincides with another report from the Senedd’s Children,
Young People and Education Committee.
over Matter is a follow-up to a 2018 inquiry into children’s mental health
services in Wales. It highlights the need for swift progress by the Welsh
Government to manage the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on
children’s mental health as they experience long periods without school, clubs,
family and friends.