Health Minister “blown away” by new £26million mental health unit for young people

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Health and Social Services Minister Lesley Griffiths AM has officially opened Tŷ Llidiard, a new state of the art facility in Bridgend which provides round-the-clock care for children and young people with mental health problems.

Tŷ Llidiard, is based in the grounds of the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, was funded by the Welsh Government and cost £26million to build. The 19-bed facility cares for young people with a variety of mental health problems and was designed with the help of young patients and staff.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said: “I’m absolutely blown away; the attention to detail that’s gone into this building is unbelievable.

“When children and young people experience mental health problems it is important the right services are there ready to provide support to them and their families. Here at Tŷ Llidiard young patients will receive treatment in a comfortable, friendly and safe environment which is wholly appropriate to their needs while they are at their most vulnerable.

“I started my working life about thirty years ago in the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh, a massive Victorian institution. To see changes like this that have taken place in mental health services in that time is amazing. This is fantastic facility for children and staff.”

During the opening the Minister announced the publication of the first Annual Report on “Breaking the Barriers” – the Welsh Government’s national action plan for improving children’s mental health services. We’ll update you on this shortly.

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