For eight years Mark Davies lived in secure psychiatric hospitals in Newport and Abergavenny. The 43 year old has mental health illnesses impacting how he sees the world, his ability to communicate and form relationships. Struggling to make eye contact and conversations without becoming distressed, Mark, who is from Brynmawr, turned to substance abuse to help manage his emotions and behaviour. He became isolated from his family, subsequently affecting his parents’ mental health.
Earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee published its report on the Regulation of Housing Associations in Wales. The report was the culmination of several months of work undertaken by the Committee, including an extensive and wide reaching inquiry to gather evidence from a range of stakeholders.