I consider it a mission of mine to make sure others get the gold standard of care I received.

I’ve been working with the Forum as a service user representative since 2017. I find it rewarding and enjoyable to give something back to the community. I owe a debt of gratitude to mental health services in the Vale of Glamorgan who I sought having experienced an episode of very ill health.


My experience changed my life. I sought the help of Bipolar UK, who, after providing an education in Bipolar, showed me the ways to manage my condition. I then joined the team and became a facilitator myself. After working with Bipolar UK, I went on to work with facilitating courses with a recovery group based in Cardiff and the Vale, then on to the Local Mental Health Partnership Board in Cardiff and the Vale as a service user representative. From there, I became a service user rep for the Community Mental Health Transformation Board pilot study. I represented service users by voicing their concerns about how to navigate the change from accessing Secondary Services in their respective localities to a central hub at Barry Hospital. I also detailed my own experiences of crisis care in a way that demonstrated how positive outcomes can be achieved if timely and effective care is given by compassionate people. I consider it a mission of mine to make sure others get the gold standard of care I received.


With the wealth of experience I have, I believe that in working with the Forum and National Partnership Board as a Representative, I am part of the best organisation there is to make a positive change to people’s mental health in Wales.


I encourage anyone who is willing to help make a difference to join the Wales Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum.

National Partnership Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

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