Funding of £15million is being made available to respond to children and young people’s mental health issues, with a focus on those brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government funding will be distributed to local authorities including West Dunbartonshire to support a local response for five to 24-year-olds, their families and carers.

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Of this £11.25m will be for services in response to the pandemic, such as support for children who are struggling emotionally due to returning to school under new restrictions.

The remaining £3.75m will be the first instalment of an annual £15m fund to provide new and enhanced community mental health and wellbeing services. 

These new services will have a focus on prevention, early intervention and the treatment of distress.