Policy & Campaigns
- One in four people experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- Nine out of ten people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
Providing direct support to thousands of people every year means that we regularly hear about their experiences of mental health services, stigma and discrimination. We know that both services and attitudes need to improve and we are committed to doing all we can to positively influence policy, practice and public understanding across Wales.
We believe that everyone experiencing mental health problems should be treated with dignity and respect and that they should have timely access to excellent advice, treatment and support. Through listening to our service users, staff and other people with experience of mental ill health, we translate real experiences into our policy and campaigns work, informing and influencing decision makers and public opinion. We also work with partner organisations to maximise our impact and deliver dynamic campaigns such as Time to Change Wales.
Download our Policy and Public Affairs Framework here.
Good mental health is good for individuals, organisations and Wales as a whole. Conversely, mental health problems cost the Welsh economy an estimated £7.2billion every year, through health and social care expenditure, absenteeism and reduced productivity at work. We believe that mental health is everybody's business and we all have an important role to play in making Wales a more mentally healthy place to live, learn and work.
Gofal Policy and Public Affairs Manager Katie Dalton leads our policy and campaigns work. You can get in touch with her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning our central office on 01656 647722. If you want to keep up-to-date with our policy and campaigns you can sign up to receive our newsletters, follow us on twitter or ‘Like’ us on facebook.