On Wednesday 28th November, four Assembly Members led a groundbreaking debate about mental health in the National Assembly for Wales. Eluned Parrott AM, David Melding AM, Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM and Ken Skates AM all spoke about their experiences of mental ill health and the impact that stigma and discrimination can have on people’s lives and their recovery.
Assembly Members from all four parties are speaking out about their experience of mental health problems in a series of highly personal blog posts and a landmark debate in the Senedd. Eluned Parrott AM, Ken Skates AM, David Melding AM and Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM have all written about periods of mental ill health in blog entries for the Time to Change Wales campaignwebsite. For some, this is the first time they have disclosed their illnesses to friends or family.
On 26th November 2012 Gofal’s research into people’s experiences of primary mental health services was the top story on BBC Wales. A variety of Gofal representatives were interviewed on BBC Wales news, BBC Cymru news, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, as well as being featured on the BBC Wales website.
In his latest Western Mail column, Gofal Director Ewan Hilton reflects on the initial results arising from Gofal’s research into people’s experiences on primary mental health services.
Last week, Alun Davies AM visited Gofal’s office and supported accommodation project in Ebbw Vale. During his visit, the Assembly Member for Blaenau Gwent met several members of staff and a supported housing tenant, hearing about the work that Gofal does to support people within his constituency.