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Together for Mental Health - A Cross-Government Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Wales

We are asking for comments on our strategy for the future of mental health services in Wales.
Start of consultation: 08/05/2012
End of consultation: 31/07/2012

‘Together for Mental Health’ is our new mental health strategy for Wales, covering people of all ages. It aims to address the needs of people with mental health problems or a mental illness, whilst also improving mental wellbeing.

The  strategy is intended to improve outcomes for service users, carers and their families.  We encourage the "recovery and reablement" approach, which aims to help people live independently and achieve their full potential.

The strategy builds upon current policy and incorporates the legal requirements of the ‘Mental Health (Wales) Measure’, as follows:

  • Chapter 1  states our intent to promote mental wellbeing and, where possible, prevent mental health problems developing.
  • Chapter 2 sets out how a new partnership with the public will be established, encouraging an understanding of mental health and mental illness,  seeking to eradicate the stigma which can be associated with mental health.
  • Chapter 3 emphasises the value of a well designed, fully integrated network of care.
  • Chapter 4 highlights the areas of life which can affect on our mental health and wellbeing.
  • Chapter 5 provides an overview of how we make the vision a reality.

The consultation document has been drafted by a cross-Departmental group in the Welsh Government and by partner organisations representing service users and carers.

Consultation events are being held across Wales in June 2012, specifically aimed at practitioners, service users and carers. Details of the events and how to book a place can be found in the ‘Consultation Events’ flyer.