Established in 1987, Wish is a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community. We provide independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance at all stages of a woman’s journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems. Wish acts to increase women’s participation in the services they receive, and campaigns to get their voice heard at a policy level. Wish is the only national mental health charity just for women, and is unique in working with women throughout their journey as they move between prison, various levels of secure hospital and the community.
Wish works throughout England and Wales, with a Head Office in London and a smaller office in Liverpool. It employs 10 staff and 22 volunteers, has 7 trustees and a membership of 250 women and 100 supporters. Wish activities form three strands: the four main services working directly with women, the campaigning arm called ‘Why Gender Matters’, and training and consultancy for professionals.