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This is an agreement to improve how people, in mental health crisis and who present a risk to themselves or the public, are helped.
Suicide and self harm prevention strategy for Wales 2015-2020.
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Good mental health and well-being is essential.

We want mental health services in Wales to meet the needs of the whole population. Mental health services should place people at the heart of decision making and be delivered as efficiently as possible, by ensuring:

  • services are delivered as close to people’s homes as possible
  • people are assessed and treated in a timely manner
  • mental health and social services work together
  • emotional health and wellbeing is promoted among the wider population
  • mental health discrimination is ended.   

Our current priorities for mental health in Wales are set out in the second Delivery Plan (2016-19) for Together for Mental Health, our 10-year mental health strategy.

Funding to run a social prescribing pilot for mental health and wellbeing 

We will be inviting applications for grant funding from national Third Sector organisation(s) in Wales, to run a mental health focused social prescribing pilot scheme. 

Application information will be released later in 2017. 

Social prescribing describes ways of linking people to community-based, non-medical support. There is no fixed definition, and so for the purposes of this grant we consider social prescribing as a mechanism that systematically links people to wellbeing services.
 
We expect to invite bids that:
  • are based on a link worker model, accepting referrals from a variety of sources including primary care;
  • operate in at least two distinct pilot areas, including the Welsh valleys; 
  • include a robust independent evaluation as part of the pilot;
  • are developed in collaboration, for instance with health, social care or other third sector partners.
We expect grant funding to begin from 1 April 2018.