The Welsh Conservative MS for Brecon and Radnorshire, and Shadow Minister for Mental Health, James Evans MS, has won the chance to present his own Bill to the Senedd after winning the annual ballot.
The purpose of the bill is to provide for the replacement of outdated mental health legislation; improve the delivery of mental health plans for Welsh Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and adult services; improve the accountability of Welsh public sector organisations; guarantee parity between the treatment of physical and mental health; and help to reduce the stigma of mental health in Wales.
Commenting on his selection, Welsh Conservative Shadow Mental Health Minister, James Evans MS, said:
"I’m very pleased that today I’ve been given the opportunity by the Senedd to bring this legislation forward as it gives us a chance to deliver something that can improve the lives of the people in Wales.
“1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. That’s why I’m pleased to have been chosen to bring forward this very important Bill to the Senedd, the Mental Health (Wales) Bill.
“I look forward to introducing my Bill and I want to work in a truly collaborative way with the Welsh Government Deputy Minister, Lynne Neagle MS and Members across the chamber to introduce legislation that will improve the lives of the people in Wales. I’m hopeful it can receive cross-party support in making a real positive change for people’s mental health across Wales.”