World Mental Health Day event sees launch of new mental health strategy delivery plan and talking therapies initiative for Wales

An event celebrating World Mental Health Day which take places at the Senedd will see the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport Vaughan Gething launching a new mental health strategy 2016-19 delivery plan for Wales. The event, which is sponsored by Assembly Member Dr. Dai Lloyd, will also see the formal launch of “Let’s Talk!”, an innovative new project by Welsh mental health charity Hafal which promotes access to psychological therapies.

The event, which is being delivered by Hafal along with partners Bipolar UK, Diverse Cymru, Crossroads Mid and West Wales and Carers Wales, takes place in the Oriel between 11am and 2pm on Monday 10th October 2016.

During the event guests will have the opportunity to:-

  • Share their views about psychological and mental health first aid(the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day)
  • Visit a series of information stands and learn about what the partner organisations are doing in Wales to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness and carers
  • Hear from Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, and from Assembly Member Dr Dai Lloyd
  • Hear from Hafaland our partners in Bipolar UKDiverse Cymru, Carers Wales and Crossroads Mid and West Wales about how we’ve been supporting the BIG Carers’ Tea Break  
  • Enjoy a light buffet lunchwhile networking with mental health service users, carers and professionals from across Wales.

Together for Mental Health, the Welsh Government’s 10-year strategy for improving mental health and wellbeing, was published in 2012. The strategy aims to improve the lives of people using mental health services, their carers and their families in Wales.

Let’s Talk!, a new Hafal initiative to promote access to talking therapies for people in Wales with a serious mental illness, will be formally launched after lunch.


The innovative new project, which has received £204,000 funding from the Big Lottery People and Places programme, will promote and raise awareness about evidence-based psychological therapies and interventions for people in Wales with a serious mental illness. Activities and services will include the development of user-friendly guides about therapies, the creation of dedicated web pages, a training programme for staff and interested groups, and the provision of feedback to LHBs about the therapies they provide.


Alun Thomas, Hafal’s Chief Executive, said: “Let’s Talk will promote and raise awareness about talking therapies for people with a serious mental illness across Wales.


“Many of our clients have had difficulty accessing talking therapies, even though evidence clearly suggests that they have a significant impact in promoting recovery from mental illness.


“The new initiative will see us developing user-friendly guides and online resources about talking therapies, and a new training programme. And through research and campaigning we can ensure that improving access to talking therapies is on the national agenda.”