The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 is a new law made by the National Assembly for Wales which will help people with mental health problems in four different ways.
The Measure aims to ensure that appropriate care is in place across Wales which focuses on people's mental health needs. You can access more information here.
The Measure places duties on Local Health Boards and Local Authorities in Wales and data collection mechanisms are used to monitor and evaluate how well each area in Wales is doing.
The Measure will make sure that more services are available for your GP to send you to if you have mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. These services, which may include, for example, counselling, stress and anxiety management, will either be at your GP practice or nearby so it will be easier to get to them.
This Part of the Measure requires Local Health Boards and Local Authorities to work together to establish Local Primary Mental Health Support Services across Wales.
Some people have mental health problems which require more specialised care and support, (sometimes provided in hospital). If you are receiving these services then your care and treatment will be overseen by a professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse or social worker.
These people will be called Care Coordinators and will write you a care and treatment plan - working with you as much as possible. This plan will set out the goals you are working towards and the services that will be provided by the NHS and the local authority to help you reach them. This plan must be reviewed with you at least once a year.
Part 2 of the Measure places duties on Local Health Boards and Local Authorities in Wales to work together.
This part of the Measure allows easier access back into secondary mental health services for people who have been previously discharged.
If you have received specialised treatment in the past and were discharged because your condition improved, but now you feel that your mental health is becoming worse, then you can go straight back to the mental health service which was looking after you before and ask them to check whether you need any further help or treatment. You don't need to go to your GP first, although you may wish to talk it through. You can ask for this up to three years after you are discharged from the specialist team.
This came into force on 6th June 2012 for patients who have been discharged from the care of secondary mental health services in Wales and other parts of the United Kingdom since 6th June 2010.
If you have been discharged from a Community Mental Health Team in Powys you should have been given the contact details and details about how to request an assessment directly. Your local Community Mental Health Team contact details are below:
Welshpool - Bryntirion Resource Centre, Salop Road, Welshpool, SY21 7YA, tel: 01938 555076/01938 558969
Newtown & District - Bro Hafren, Back Lane, Newtown, SY16 2NG, tel: 01686 617 300
Llandrindod Wells - The Hazels, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5HF, tel: 01597 825888
Brecon & District - Bridge Street, Llanfaes, Brecon, LD3 8AH, tel: 01874 711661
Ystradgynlais - Mental Health Resource Centre, The Larches, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais, SA9 1QL, tel: 01639 849994
This Part of the Measure ensures all inpatients in Wales who are receiving assessment or treatment for a mental disorder are entitled to request support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate.
Advocacy can lead to an improved experience of mental health services for individuals; it can create choice, improve involvement in decision making, and promote access to a range of different services.
The measure will enable you to access help and support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) if you are under the Mental Health Act 1983 (formal patients) and if you are in hospital informally (voluntary patients).
New statutory duties will ensure help and support is available for ALL inpatients so that advocacy will assist them in making informed decisions about their care and treatment, and support them in getting their voices heard.
Powys advocate contact details are below:
Mental Health Advocacy Contacts
Montgomery County Infirmary
Newtown SY16 LD2
tel: 07736 120 924
Tel: 01874 615996
Mobile: 07967 808 145
Wales Mental Health in Primary Care (WaMH in PC) has made a series of short videos to help primary care staff across Wales to understand Part 1 of the Mental Health Measure.
You can read a Hafal guide to the Mental Health (Wales) Measure.
You can link to 10 interesting facts about the Mental Health Measure.
If you have any questions about the Mental Health Measure and what it means for you then you can contact:
or telephone 02920 370 011
If you have some information about the measure that you would like to share on this page then please get in touch with jackie.newey(at)pavo.org.uk or call the team 01686 628300.