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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Book prescription Wales
A scheme for health professionals to prescribe self help books for people experiencing mild and moderate mental ill-health.
The scheme helps people access information, guidance and tips on ways to self-manage their conditions. New books available on prescription include ones dealing with dementia, eating disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Why prescribe books?
Self-help books can help people gain control of their emotions and actions. This can help people maintain personal relationships and their normal routines, such as employment, and therefore help support recovery.
Most of the books offer complete step-by-step treatment programmes, including exercises, self-assessments and diary sheets.
Research has shown the effectiveness of high quality self-help books. A Department of Health review concluded that methods of self-help have a high potential for treating common mental health problems.
The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines on Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders have recommended self-help books as an effective part of treatment.
How does it work?
General practitioners (GPs), practice counsellors and members of community mental health teams can issue prescriptions for self-help books. The books have been carefully selected by health professionals and are available at every local library across Wales. They can be borrowed free of charge and cover topics including:
- Compulsive disorders
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Sexual abuse (adult survivors)
We provide funding of the scheme and work in partnership with Local Health Boards and the Library Service. To improve accessibility, the most popular books are also available on audio Compact Disc (CD) and in Welsh on CD.
Also available through the scheme are interactive self-help websites available which can be accessed free of charge at your local library:
Blue Pages provides information on treatments for depression based on the latest scientific evidence.
E-couch is a self-help interactive programme with modules including depression, anxiety and worry.
Provides useful information and tools for self-help and self-assessment.
Helping you to help yourself.
Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.