Mental health strategy launched in Wales
The Welsh Government has launched a 10 year mental health strategy to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems in Wales and reduce stigma and discrimination.
The cross-government strategy ‘Together for Mental Health’, which is the first mental health and wellbeing strategy for all ages, wants to place the service user at the centre of service delivery and focus on recovery and enablement.
It aims to improve the transition between adolescent and adult mental health services and tackle additional problems such as housing, debt, financial and social issues which can all have an effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths said: “One in four people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. This can be triggered by bereavement, a trauma or even constantly worrying about money. In these days of financial austerity, we need to have more resilience to deal with the everyday pressures we face.
“Together for Mental Health is our commitment to do all we can to ensure we help people in Wales enjoy good mental health and wellbeing and those with mental ill-health are given all the support possible to recover and lead fulfilling lives”
“The challenge facing us is to build on momentum and achieve the ambitions we have set ourselves in both the Programme for Government and Together for Health. Together for Mental Health sets out in clear and accessible terms a vision of mental health services fit for the 21st century.”
'Together for Mental Health' will be delivered in partnership with Health Boards, local authorities, the voluntary sector, service users, their carers and families.