Leading health organisations join forces to increase transparency and tackle stigma of mental health in Wales

Vanessa Young

The Welsh NHS Confederation and the Wales Alliance for Mental Health (WAMH) convened a round-table discussion to explore how they can work together to tackle challenges facing individuals with mental health problems in Wales.

Mental health problems in Wales make up approximately 20% of the ‘health burden’ and account for over 11% of health expenditure. More and more there is an acknowledgment that poor mental health is affecting a large proportion of people in Wales and has an effect on childhood experiences, long term personal outcomes and the economy. ‘Together for Mental Health’ provides the 10-year strategic direction for improving and delivering mental health support in Wales, and NHS leaders are committed to working with partners to support individual’s mental health and well-being.

Over the next year, actions agreed from the round-table partnership will focus on developing:
  • A national mental health care data set which is accessible and transparent and includes the experience of, and outcomes for people with mental health problems.
  • A clear programme for taking forward the next phase of the Time to Change campaign with the NHS in Wales
  • Our shared thinking about the shape and model of workforce that we need across the NHS, the public and third sectors to support good mental health and wellbeing.
Sara Moseley, Chair of the WAMH and Director of Mind Cymru said:

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Welsh NHS Confederation and welcome their commitment to work with us to improve mental health in Wales and look forward to delivering some tangible progress over the coming months.”

“We know that the health system is under pressure. People in need of care tell us that their experience of getting the help they need in good time and the appropriateness and quality of that help varies greatly. We also know that health, social care and third sector professionals face their own challenges in developing and delivering effective joined-up services.

“At the roundtable discussion we learnt about the development of the ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ in England and how that is being taken forward. We were able to identify some areas in our own strategy ‘Together for Mental Health’ that the Alliance for Mental Health and the NHS in Wales could work on together to increase the pace of improvement.”

Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:

“We are committed to working together in partnership with the Welsh Alliance for Mental Health and fully recognise the need for improvement in the access to mental health services.

“We have identified a number of priority areas for joint working including the need to improve the quality and availability of data to properly understand how and what services are available to individuals, at what time and where. We will work together to tackle the stigma and discrimination that can be associated with mental health, both as providers of health & care services and as employers. 

"We have a shared interest in ensuring we are developing a sustainable workforce that helps people to stay well and make the best choices when facing illness.”


  • Mental Health Stats source: Public Mental Health (PDF)
  • The Welsh NHS Confederation is the authentic voice of the NHS leadership in Wales. The only national membership body that represents all the all the organisations making up the NHS in Wales: the seven Local Health Boards and the three NHS Trusts.
  • The Wales Alliance for Mental Health (WAMH) is made up of organisations including Mind Cymru. Hafal, Diverse Cymru, Gofal, Samaritans Cymru, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Matters.

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