The first mental health crisis hub for young people in Wales has been launched in Carmarthen by Hywel Dda University Health Board.

It has been established as part of the cooperation agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, a nationalist political party in Wales.

The 24/7 Crisis Hwb facility aims to provide urgent support and prevent long waits in A&E or the need for acute mental health wards.

According to the government’s statement, the hub offers a safe space for children and young people in crisis, providing bespoke mental health provision in the right environment.

Similar centres are being developed in other areas of Wales.

This initiative is part of efforts to transform the NHS’s response to urgent mental health issues and aligns with the recently launched ‘111 press 2’ helpline for urgent mental health support.

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The project has received funding of £3.18m.

Member of the Senedd Lynne Neagle said: “This newly developed 24/7 bespoke service will provide a safe space for children and young people who are in need of crisis support for their mental health, and who would have otherwise found themselves in busy A&E or mental health wards.

“This will be invaluable to those who need it most and who are at their most vulnerable. I am delighted young people were involved in the development of the centre.

“They will also help relieve pressure on our emergency services.”