There has been much talk in the media recently about mental health following Prince Harry’s announcement that he has struggled with his own mental health demons. Charities like Gofal here in Wales have been set up to provide support for people with mental health problems and tirelessly campaign to increase awareness of the condition and the stigma associated with it.
Despite the media awareness and people starting to understand the condition, there is still a misconception that it is something that should not be spoken about. So how do you know if you have a form of mental health if no-one talks about it? And how do you know what help there is, if no-one tells you?
Gofal was founded in 1990 and is now one of the leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charities and supports over 1600 people across 11 Welsh local authorities. They provide a wide range of services for those affected by mental health issues, supporting their independence and recovery.
One person they helped was Gareth. Gareth had a substance misuse issue, had rent arrears of more than £1,000, Gareth faced eviction, suffered with self-harm issues and became suicidal. He turned to Gofal who worked with the courts to arrange a payment plan to pay off his debts, placed him on a methadone programme to help him kick his addiction, and put him in touch with tenancy support to help him manage his money more effectively.
Because Gareth turned to Gofal for support, £55,818 of public money that would have otherwise been used to evict him, rehome him and potentially send him to prison, was saved. Most importantly, Gareth is now on the road to recovery and a happy life.
If you would like to know more about mental health and the work that Gofal do, visit www.gofal.org.uk