POBL (meaning PEOPLE in our Welsh language) is a new and fresh mental health charity that has been formed to make a difference to the people of Wales and their families, who are either now, or will at some future point, find themselves suffering from a mental health condition. We are called POBL because that’s exactly what we are all about. People helping people! We aim to be as bi-lingual as possible in all of our dealings, as we feel that this is of vital importance to be able to discuss issues in your native tongue if that assists you better.
We are not about big strategies and grandiose ideas. We are about providing real ‘hands on’ advice and support at grassroots level to the ordinary man and woman in their own communities. We will primarily do this via education, workshops and support groups. This is where we feel help is most needed.
It is a well publicised fact that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some form of mental distress. This can range from post natal depression, stress and even to terrifying bouts of paranoid schizophrenia. We think this figure is inaccurate because it does not take into account the wider circle of people around the sufferer. Their wives, husbands, children and wider network of friends often go through the bouts of illness with them, often not understanding it and certainly not knowing where to turn to for straightforward, jargon free friendly advice. This is what we aim provide at POBL.
Many of our workers have had direct experience of the issues and problems that you face and therefore, can understand you better than anyone else. Nothing beats peer to peer support. Our simple aim is to get you back out there fighting as best you can, knowing that we are behind you every step of the way to catch you if you fall.
We have been there, we know how lonely and dark it can be, but crucially, we know the way to lead you back out there on the road to enjoying life again.
We educate businesses on their legal obligations in the area of managing and handling stress at work and providing adequate support, working with the employers with the wider Mental Health issues that employees may suffer from.
Above all, we campaign and fundraise tirelessly to ensure that as many people as possible know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope, and we will do all we can to lead you there.