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Mental Health

Why choose mental health as a priority?

  • According to the World Health Organisation, mental health problems account for 20% of the overall “burden of disease”, a larger share than any other single health problem, including cardiovascular diseases (16.2%) and cancer (15.6)
  • Poor mental health and mental illness have a significant impact on individuals, society and the economy overall1.
  • 1 in 4 adults experiences mental health problems or illness at some point during their lifetime.
  • 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a mental health problem and many more have behavioural problems.
  • Approximately 50% of people with enduring mental health problems have symptoms by the time they are 14.

Mental Health Workshop - Clinical Lead: Dr Annie Procter

A workshop held on 1st November 2014 brought together people who use and provide mental health services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to share their views about the future. 

Through better engagement with our population, better use of technology, and new ways of working, everyone at the workshop was asked to describe “what a new mental health service of the future could look like?”

Discussions during the workshop were captured in the form of visual minutes.  

Mental Health Visual Minutes

Download a report summarising the workshop

A New Model of Care for Mental Health

The first step in developing any new model of care is to describe a vision of what a future service should achieve. Working with Dr Annie Procter, our mental health lead, we used the information from our workshop, together with published best practice from Wales, the UK and the wider world, to develop a Shaping Our Future Wellbeing shared vision of mental healthcare in the future.  

A report describing how the Clinical Senate and a Service User/3rd Sector feedback event helped refine the shared visions of care is available here. 

With this vision in mind, we can now begin to explore the changes that will be needed to make the vision a reality, and so begin to describe in detail a new model for mental health care.


  1. Welsh Government. Together for Mental Health: A Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government 2012
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