We encourage members and counselling organisations to have their say in the Welsh Government’s consultation on its new draft Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2024- 2034). The consultation closes on 11 June 2024.

The draft strategy is underpinned by a new ambitious vision that aims to support people in Wales to “live in communities which promote, support and empower them to improve their mental health and wellbeing, and will be free from stigma and discrimination.”

It also wants to provide “…a connected system of support across health, social care, third sector and wider, where people can access the right service, at the right time, and in the right place.”

Investment in counselling

Steve Mulligan, our Four Nations Lead, said: “We’re pleased to support the Welsh Government to develop this important strategy.

“We welcome its focus on early person-centred intervention, ensuring that people can access the right service, at the right time, and in the right place. It’s also good to see it’s
combined with a much stronger focus on supporting vulnerable people, and communities, with more tailored and appropriate services.

“We know our 2,800 members in Wales have a vital role to play in delivering this vision.

“The proposals to reform both primary care, including enhancing GP services with therapy and other core services, as well as the critical work to improve access to a wide range of psychological therapies, including counselling and psychotherapy, are also welcome.”

Share your thoughts

Please take the opportunity to have your say in this important consultation. You can respond directly to Welsh Government online.

We’re also keen to know your views on what you’d like us to include in our final official response - as well as seeing your responses.

Please share your thoughts and submissions with our Policy and Public Affairs Team.

The strategy is available in Welsh and English language versions and responses are welcome in both languages.