Welsh Assembly Election 2016

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In February 2016, we launched a campaign to make mental health a priority in Wales. The 2016 Assembly Election was our chance to get the next Welsh Government to take mental health seriously, and help those of us living with mental health problems to get the support we need to recover, stay well and lead fulfilling lives.

We wanted you to help us make sure that every party, every Welsh Minister, every Assembly Member and every election candidate understands just why mental health is so important, and what they should do about it.

And we were overwhelmed by your support for the campaign. 

What we asked the next Welsh Government to commit to

Everybody with a mental health problem deserves both support and respect. We called on the next National Assembly and Welsh Government to take action on four priority areas. Our manifesto asked them to:

  • Commit to ensuring everybody has safe and speedy access to quality crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whatever the circumstances in which they first need help, regardless of where they turn first. Read our briefing on crisis care in Wales.

  • Mandate that NHS Wales offer a full range of evidence based psychological therapies to everyone who needs them within 28 days of requesting a referral. Read our briefing on what needs to be done to improve talking therapies.

  • Increase the level of funding for mental health services by at least 2 per cent in real terms each year for the next five years, and deliver joined-up services for mental and physical health.

  • Improve the level of mental health support available for parents, children and young people.
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Your actions meant that we reached candidates in every constituency

Hundreds of you took action in the months leading up to the election and helped make mental health a priority in Wales during the election campaign and beyond. 

Nearly 300 of you sent our manifesto to your local election candidates – a grand total of almost 9000 emails - and we can’t thank you enough. 

All of the main parties are talking about mental health

It's great to see that all the parties were talking about mental health in their manifestos - and it shows how much we have influenced party policy, and increased the profile of mental health in Wales.

Read our quick guide to find out what the parties were saying about mental health.

We put 24/7 quality crisis care on the agenda

We believe that quality crisis care should be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – regardless of where you are located in Wales.

But information obtained by Mind Cymru shows that there are significant inequalities and inconsistencies in mental health crisis care across the different health authorities in Wales. You can read more about this in our briefing on crisis care.

In April 2016, our campaigners in Wales sent almost 6000 emails telling parties why they should commit to improving crisis care, and our briefing reached AMs and election candidates in every constituency and region.

We made access to psychological therapies a priority

Our recent survey on access to psychological therapies clearly shows that people in Wales are struggling to get appropriate care for their mental health. You can read more about this in our briefing on talking therapies.

The results are shocking, and we feel that the new Government needs to commit to ensuring that a full range of psychological therapies is available to everyone who needs them within 28 days of requesting a referral in Wales.

In March 2016, our campaigners in Wales sent almost 1800 emails telling parties how important access to talking therapies is, and our briefing reached AMs and election candidates in every constituency and region.

I was told that the waiting lists were too long and I would probably be better by the time I reached the top. I wasn't, my health deteriorated to the point where I required crisis intervention

A special thank you to the Voices of Mind Cymru

Find out more about our volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems, who are campaigning with us to make mental health a priority in Wales.

Meet the voices

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As a Mind campaigner, you can get involved in a range of activities to help people with mental health problems get a better deal. This might include lobbying politicians, sharing information about Mind campaigns, building pressure for change in your local area and contributing to our policy work.

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