Hafal representatives Jason Celia and Andrew Dugmore travelled to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Canada recently to present Hafal’s research in the area of improving access to psychological therapies.
Andrew and Jason presented a poster on research conducted by the Big Lottery-funded ‘Let’s Talk!’ team on the engagement of people with a mental illness in the consultation/research element of the project’s Advocacy Training Programme. They then delivered a workshop on increasing access to psychological therapies for people in Wales with a serious mental illness.
Ontario Shores is a large teaching hospital and a centre of excellence. It employs over 1200 staff and provides a range of specialist assessment and treatment services to those living with serious mental illness. Care is based around and delivered through evidence-based approaches, utilising best clinical practices, and driven by the latest advances in research.
Jason comments: “Much like Hafal, Ontario Shores recognises the need for charities and organsations to collaborate and work together, and through building links nationally and internationally it hopes to encourage the best possible outcomes for its patients.
“The discussions with Ontario Shores focused on knowledge-sharing and Hafal’s unique approach of placing people with lived experience of mental ill health at the very centre of its operations.”
Hafal’s “Let’s Talk!” initiative is funded for three years by the Big Lottery People and Places Programme to promote access to evidence based psychological (or talking) therapies for people within Wales with a serious mental illness. The “Let’s Talk!” workshop at the Canada conference saw participants generate ideas and suggestions about how we can improve access to psychological therapies for our client group – and set priorities for research.