for better mental health

Stand for mental health in the 2021 Senedd election

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

The Senedd election is a crucial opportunity to influence mental health policy and support in Wales for the next five years. Decision makers must understand and respond to the challenges faced by those of us with mental health problems.

We need all political parties to play their part by fighting for increased funding, better laws and ensuring promises are acted on.

That’s why we’re encouraging everyone in Wales to call on political parties and candidates and ask them to stand for mental health in the next election.

It is time that our government take a stand for the people, stand for what they believe in and show their support for improved mental health.


We are calling on the next Welsh Government to do the following:

  • Make mental health a cross cutting priority by publishing a new Mental Health Strategy and reviewing mental health legislation.
  • Address inequalities in access to mental health support, in particular people living in poverty and people who are from black and minority ethnic communities.
  • Address the growing crisis in young people’s mental health by meeting the wide and varied demand for support.
  • Commit to ensuring everybody has safe and speedy access to quality care when they need it, including crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Provide greater focus, planning and investment into mental health in primary care and talking therapies to ensure timely access to a range of support.
  • Tackle stigma in communities and drive improved employment practices to make workplaces more accessible and inclusive for those experiencing mental health problems.

Read our manifesto to find out more.

We need your help

  • Download our campaigner toolkit
  • Email our manifesto to your current Member of the Senedd (MS), and/ or candidate
  • Follow @MindCymru on Twitter
  • Share your story and your experiences of mental health on social media with #StandForMe
  • Download a poster for your window, or share a photo of you holding it with #StandForMe
  • Tag your current MS and/or candidate and demand that they stand for you, for mental health and for improved support by hash tagging #StandForMe
  • Add our email footer to your email

This is just the beginning. Sign up to be a campaigner for the latest on Stand For Me, and make a real difference at the May 2021 Senedd Election.

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