Mental Health Week 2024: Leave no woman behind

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 takes place between 13 and 19 May. The theme set by the Mental Health Foundation is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.” 

Regular movement has always been important for our bodies as well as our minds, with proven, undeniable benefits. 

But movement alone is never enough. And especially not enough to help navigate depression, PTSD, BD or other complex mental health challenges. 

It needs to be accompanied by real-life support from people who know what you’re going through and can be there to provide a safe space, counselling and practical, hands-on advice.  

And that’s what we’re here for. 

For those who need this support the most and are not getting it.  

Like Angela, who has had her daughter taken away from her in the middle of the night by the police without a just reason or a conversation about her situation.  

We’ve been supporting her all along, and reached our to her Mental Health services team to intervene but they haven’t given the needed assistance in due time.


“Mental health has slipped down the government’s set of priorities and patients and services are being forgotten.

This is a national emergency which is now having serious consequences across the board, not least for those patients in crisis,”

said Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation. ( Source: Guardian) 


With limited resources, we’re doing our best to help women like Angela to be reunited with her daughter, and given the support they both need. 


“ WISH responded to me immediately when no one else could, when I was in a life changing crisis.[..].

The difference with WISH is that they acted quickly, listened and offered help.”

O, WISH Service User 

But the pressure on our services has now completely outstripped our charity’s financial resources, with more and more women pushed into crisis by poverty, prejudice and the extreme difficulties of accessing NHS mental health care.  

Over the past year, the number of women in free counselling with us has doubled, and our waiting lists grow by the week.   


There are so many women with complex mental health needs being failed by statutory mental health and social services. We don’t want to leave anyone behind. 

Support WISH: Every donation counts and your help could make all the difference. Donate or fundraise on Give As You Live.  

Join the campaign: Share our campaign or posts on on social media using #NoWomanLeftBehind. 

Find out more about our campaign and the women we support here.