Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for improving mental health in Wales - prevention and access, funding decisions, and raising the quality of services for key service user groups

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This seminar will consider challenges and opportunities around improving mental health and wellbeing in Wales.  

It is timed to follow the recent Welsh Government consultation on priorities for the final 2019-2022 phase of the Together for Mental Health strategy.

Delegates will discuss next steps following the consultation, including issues for implementation.

They will also assess the Health & Social Care Workforce Strategy - aiming to meet the needs of Wales over the next 10 years, including emphases on staff well-being and staff experience  - as Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales consider the Strategy’s final shape following on from the current consultation.

Further policy developments and context for discussion

  • Children and young people - The Children, Young People and Education Committee’s assessment of progress on improving emotional and mental health of children and young people since their recommendations in 2018.
  • Mental health and policing - The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee drafting their Mental health in policing and police custody report, with discussion expected on challenges around preventing people going into police custody, as well as identifying and responding appropriately to detained people with mental health problems.
  • Perinatal mental health - The Children, Young People and Education Committee’s inquiry on perinatal mental health.
  • Funding - The Welsh Government’s announcement on funding to further develop projects, including alternatives to hospital admission in North Wales and extending the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB Perinatal Mental Health Service.
  • A Healthier Wales - The Welsh Government’s assessment of progress one year on.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates