Voices of lived experience
The Wales Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum is a group of people with lived experience of mental health issues and their friends and families.
The Forum was established in 2013 by the Welsh Government following the development of the Together for Mental Health Strategy which aims to inform people of rights when receiving mental health services.
Our vision is to improve Mental Health and Wellbeing by respecting and empowering people to influence decision making.
We directly influence decision making at a local and national level. Some of the issues we are addressing include:
- Stigma and discrimination
- Suicide prevention
- Care and treatment planning
- Ending coercive practice and Electro Convulsion Therapy (ECT)
Alongside this, we also campaign for a more holistic, people-led approach. We work with a range of organisations including Welsh Government, Health Boards, Local Authorities and providers of local services.
We are a welcoming group who support each other and would like more people to join us who can bring their unique experiences to the Forum. The Forum is led by its members and normally meets at least three or four times a year, with additional working groups for those who want to be more involved.
Please get in touch to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully working together with you in the future. You can find further information on what being a Forum member entails in our Terms of Reference document along with information on these pages.
Practice Solutions’ Role with the Wales Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum
Practice Solutions provides the Forum with support through a co-production model. They work with the Forum members and partners to help them generate the best possible outcomes for those with lived experience with mental health and for those who are carers.
Practice Solutions supports the Forum to develop national guidance, facilitates conversations between individuals, carers, partner organisations and Welsh Government to influence and inform policy activity and supports the Forum to recruit across a wide range of individuals in order to provide representation across demographics groups.
Practice Solutions is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meet its data protection obligations. You can read their GDPR statement here.