A hundred years ago women won the right to vote through campaigning and direct action, calling for Deeds Not Words. We want to celebrate that centenary with a campaign on a new front line for women – the right to mental health and well-being.
As women in 2018 we have rights, power and influence which we can use in place of the direct action which women had recourse to in fighting for the vote. But Deeds Not Words still applies because our campaign is about moving beyond discussion and making real changes. The campaign is ambitious and some of the changes we seek to make will take years; but some changes, especially those we make for ourselves and for those close to us, can be achieved right now through our own action.
Our campaign is urging TEN ACTIONS to address the issues facing all women and especially those who are most vulnerable and at risk:
Our campaign will run from July to September 2018 and include:
- A launch at the Wales Millennium Centre
- 22 local events, one in every county of Wales
- Stands at the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod
- A survey of women in Wales asking whether the performance of the NHS and Social Services is based on words or deeds – are they delivering?
- A concluding event where we will set out what we have achieved and what we will do next.
How can I take part?
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).
The campaign team for #DeedsNotWords comprise:
- Carina Edwards, Hafal volunteer with experience of serious mental illness and inpatient care
- Mair Elliot, service user, award-winning campaigner and Hafal trustee
- Suzanne Duval, Hafal trustee and former service-user
- Elin Jones, Hafal Chair and carer
- Sharon Jones, Director of Operations
- Nicola Thomas, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs.
Nicola Thomas, Hafal, Unit B3, Lakeside Technology Park, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9FE
Tel: 01792 816 60