A working guide to mental health policy and legislation in Wales


This working guide summarises the Mental Health (Wales)Measure, the “Together for Mental Health” Strategy, and the Strategy’s Delivery Plan. The current edition of the guide (April 2014) reflects the original documents – the guide will be updated periodically to reflect updates in policy/legislation.

This guide has been written by Phil Thomas who began working in mental health services in the 1970s and has held a wide variety of posts over the last 40 years. Initially involved in the delivery of services as a mental health practitioner and front-line manager, he moved into commissioning in the 1990s and has held senior posts in both the NHS and Local Authorities,and across England, Scotland and Wales. He now works in the voluntary sector advising on mental health issues.

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·         Front page

·         Introduction (p3) 

·         References and Abbreviations in this Guide (p4)

·         Overview of the Measure and Strategy (p5) 

·         Mental health and wellbeing in the whole population (p12)

·         People receiving primary care services (p21)

·         People receiving secondary mental health services (p26)

·         Fundamental issues for the delivery of all services (p49)