Lisa Welch
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'Everything went wrong' with mental illness

Nearly a third of adults in Wales are struggling to cope with the pain and symptoms of long-term health conditions, according to a new study.

Those with mental health or neurological conditions were least likely to have developed ways of living with their illness.

A study of 15,687 adults has been analysed at Heriot-Watt University.

The Welsh government said it was working with charities on a patient guide for those with chronic illnesses.

Lisa Welch, from Cwmfelinfach, Caerphilly County, has suffered with depression for 19 years and it was made worse by her divorce and encountering financial problems.

At her lowest point she felt suicidal but she got help from a support worker with the mental health charity Gofal and told BBC Wales reporter Steffan Messenger she had come through.

  • 24 Feb 2015
  • From the section Wales
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