JULY UPDATE: Our campaign for women’s mental health – #DeedsNotWords – launches in Cardiff Bay!

Hafal launched a new national campaign at an event in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay on 3rd July. Our campaign – #DeedsNotWords – highlights the mental health issues facing women in 2018.

The event was attended by women from all walks of life in Wales – including service users, carers, media personalities, academics, politicians and many more!

Click here for more pictures from the #DeedsNotWords launch

  • County events

The #DeedsNotWords campaign will include 22 county events covering all of Wales. Events have already taken place in Wrexham, Conwy, Gwynedd and Ynys Môn, plus we held a special Powys event at the Royal Welsh Show on 25th July. Guests at our events have pledged their support to the campaign by posting their ‘votes’ in campaign ballot boxes.

Find out when there’s an event near you

  • Campaign talk

We’ve spoken to a number of women about their hopes and aims for the campaign.

In our Mental Health Wales journal we talked to Ruth Coombs, Head of Wales at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, about gender equality in Wales today. In this issue Dr Elin Jones writes about the centenary of women’s suffrage – and the continuing fight for gender equality in the area of mental health. And award-winning mental health and autism campaigner Mair Elliott discusses her motivations and inspirations.

We’ve also interviewed women from across Wales about the campaign:

  • 21-year-old student and campaigner campaigner Laura Moulding discusses mental health, gender equality and our #DeedsNotWords campaign in an exclusive interview here
  • Full-time carer Tanya Williams discusses her role, the key issues of being a carer and women’s equality here
  • Hafal’s Director of Corporate and Public Affairs Nicola Thomas who is on the panel leading the campaign gave us her take on #DeedsNotWords here.


How can I take part in the campaign?

As well as attending our events we are asking women across Wales to:

  • register their support and tell us what they are going to do to champion the campaign
  • share their stories about how they tackled or overcame mental health problems
  • lobby their AMs and MPs to affect change
  • reflect on their own wellbeing and make personal changes to improve their mental health
  • reach out and support other women who may be facing mental health or caring difficulties.


We are also calling on women in Wales with power and influence to change policies and legislate in order to support those women who are most vulnerable. We will ask the same of men in power.

We are asking everyone – women and men – to support the reach of the campaign, either by spreading the word or by following the campaign on social media (and using the hashtag #DeedsNotWords).

Find out about the #DeedsNotWords campaign at: hafal.org/deedsnotwords/

Matt Pearce