By Joyce Kallevik, Director of Wish
Here at Wish, we work with women in prisons, hospitals and the community to provide independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance through all of the stages of a woman’s journey in the mental health and criminal justice Systems.
Our latest project is the Women’s Mental Health Network, which involves organisations from across different sectors, who work together to provide a user-led, campaigning platform to give women with mental health needs a voice, and drive forward change.
We launched the Network back in June last year with our Turn Up The Volume event, which involved an all-star female line-up of musicians, comedians and poets, including Misha B, Jessie Cave and Charly Cox!
This night was all about celebrating the power of female voices. And, with the next stage of the Network, we want to continue to Turn Up The Volume on the voices of women in the mental health and criminal justice systems, and those who use associated statutory services.
We are currently in the process of reaching out to women through a consultation document, and asking them to identify the top three issues in service provision that we need to campaign to change.
We are aiming to have 5,000 women respond to this questionnaire by 31st March and, using this information, we will then develop, pilot and evaluate user-led campaigns with women.
This will be done to improve and drive forward the provision of gender-specific statutory services; and then we will take these campaigns forward at a national level.
As we want to involve as many women as possible, we would really appreciate your help in reaching the women who should be a part of this consultation, and whose voices will be right at the centre of the Network.