Gofal policy reports
Work in Progress
Work in Progress: Improving employment outcomes for people with depression has been co-authored by four mental health charities from across the UK:
- Depression Alliance in England
- Gofal in Wales
- Action on Depression in Scotland
- Aware in Northern Ireland
It takes a UK-wide, whole system view of depression and employment, with the aims of raising awareness of the challenges to employment faced by people with depression and driving policy initiatives that support improved employment outcomes across the UK. It gives an overview of the policy context in each of the four nations, highlights examples of good practice and makes a series of recommendations to employers and the UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Governments.
It was launched in each of the four nations, with the Wales reception being held at the National Assmbly for Wales. Speakers included Ewan Hilton (Gofal Chief Executive), Vaughan Gething AM (Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport), Lisa Welch (spekaing about her lived experince of depression and journey into work) and Hannah Blythyn AM (event sponsor).
Download the report here.
This is our fourth report which examines the impact of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure on people’s experiences of primary mental health support services in Wales.
Three years ago we published our first report about people’s experiences of primary mental health services in Wales. Based on a survey conducted during the autumn of 2012, it provided us with valuable baseline data before the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 came into force.
Since then we have conducted three more annual surveys, asking people to share their views and experiences of the understanding and empathy demonstrated by primary care professionals; the range of treatment and support options offered to them; waiting times; and the impact that services have had on their mental health and wellbeing. Over 3,600 people have taken part in our four surveys – including 800+ respondents this year.
Torfaen Supporting People Team commissioned Gofal to research the issues facing people with a dual diagnosis of mental health and alcohol issues and the barriers they face when trying to access services in the Torfaen area. Thinking Differently, Bridging the gap between alcohol and mental health practice and services includes a number of recommendations to improve the delivery of services to people with alcohol and mental health problems. Some of these will be more easily achievable, while others could be seen as aspirational. While the report and recommendations were produced for the Torfaen area we hope that many of the issues raised are relevant to people and services across Wales and beyond.
Download the report here.
This is the third of three annual reports, which examine the impact of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure on people’s experiences of primary mental health support services in Wales.
The report compares the results of three surveys, which focused on some of the issues commonly raised by the people we support, as well as the areas that the Measure is supposed to address. As a result, we asked people about their experiences of staff attitudes, access to advice, treatment and support, and the overall impact of primary mental health support services on their mental health and wellbeing. Over eight hundred people who accessed primary mental health services responded to our survey and a number of people provided case studies in order to illustrate their experiences in more detail.
This is the second of three annual reports, which examine the impact of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure on people’s experiences of primary mental health support services. The report compares the results of two surveys - one undertaken before the Measure was implemented and another conducted a year after implementation. The main aim of these surveys is to evaluate progress through the lens of the patient, as well as to inform and support future improvements to primary mental health support services.
The survey questions focused on some of the issues commonly raised by the people we support, as well as the areas that the Measure is supposed to address. As a result, we asked people about their experiences of staff attitudes, access to advice, treatment and support, and the overall impact of primary mental health support services on their mental health and wellbeing. Over eight hundred people who accessed primary mental health services responded to our survey and a number of people provided case studies in order to illustrate their experiences in more detail.
In September 2012 we launched the first of three annual surveys about people's experiences of primary mental health services. This coincided with the implementation of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure, which seeks to improve mental health services in a primary care setting. Over one thousand people took part in the survey, which included questions about the understanding and empathy demonstrated by primary care staff; access to advice, treatment and support services; and the overall impact of primary care services on people's mental health and wellbeing. After analysing the results in more detail, Gofal has published a report that can be downloaded in both English and Welsh. We plan to conduct the second annual survey in September 2013 and welcome contact from any organisation that would be willing to publicise the survey to their clients, members and networks.
During 2011 we celebrated 21 years of providing support to people with mental health problems and launched a new report 'The Voice of Lived Experience'. We interviewed Gofal staff, service users and media volunteers about their views and experiences of primary mental health services, housing and public attitudes towards mental health.
We launched the report at an event in the National Assembly for Wales, which was attended by Welsh Government Ministers and Assembly Members from across the political spectrum. Lesley Griffiths AM, the Minister for Health and Social Services and Gofal media volunteer Kira Withers Jones both spoke at the event. You can read the report here.
In August 2006 Gofal Cymru opened the fi rst, and only, Community Crisis House in Wales. The service was established to provide a unique alternative to psychiatric hospital admission. The project represents a new and innovative collaborative approach involving the voluntary and statutory sectors, assisted by the Big Lottery, to address the needs of people experiencing an acute crisis in their mental health. In almost two years of operation the project has shown itself to be an essential component of crisis services across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, providing a safe alternative to hospital admission and off ering support and treatment in an environment preferred by service users and their families.
People experiencing mental ill-health need access to appropriate, individual support in order to get work, stay in work and gain health benefits from work. This paper identifies the contribution that services such as those provided by mental health charity Gofal Cymru and by occupational therapists can make to enable people experiencing mental ill-health to gain meaningful employment, education or other occupation.
Gofal Cymru is celebrating its 18th year of operation – and there’s a lot to celebrate. The organisation’s come a long way in the past 18 years, and so have mental health services. There is, of course, much more to be done. To mark our 18th Birthday, we have been speaking to service users, carers and staff about their experiences of mental health services and how they could improve in the future. This report draws their reflections together and it is clear that whilst Care in the Community was a radical change, it is a transformation only half completed.