Hafal’s ‘Promise’ to be celebrated at World Mental Health Day Senedd event

Members of the Welsh Charity will join Hafal Ambassador Dafydd James to present the findings of its loneliness and isolation campaign at an event in the Oriel on Thursday, 10th October 2019

Welsh charity Hafal will celebrate its 2019 “Hafal’s Promise” campaign at an event in the Senedd on World Mental Health Day: Thursday, October 10th 2019. The event will present key findings from the campaign which saw Hafal’s commitment to always be there for its client group launched at 22 county events across Wales.

The Senedd event will feature a number of speakers including rugby legend and Promise Ambassador Dafydd James who will talk about his own experience of loneliness and isolation.

Sponsored by Dai Lloyd AM, the event will bring mental health service users, carers, professionals and politicians together to discuss the key social life issues facing people in Wales affected by mental illness and physical disability.

Speaking about the event Promise Ambassador Dafydd said: “It was difficult to share my mental health problems publicly, but the reaction has been fantastic. I have received so much support from the Welsh public for talking honestly about my struggle. I’ve been blown away!

“Now that I’ve opened up about my experiences my goal is to help others in a similar position. If I can save just one person then that’s my next vocation. I know all about feeling lonely and isolated and I want to make sure that no one else who finds themselves in my situation is left to feel unsupported.”

Hafal Chief Executive Alun Thomas said: “Throughout the summer we’ve been talking to people across Wales about their experiences of loneliness and isolation and it’s become clear that there is a vital need to provide support to combat these feelings.

“The response to Hafal’s Promise has been fantastic: our Members, clients and supporters have welcomed our commitment to provide ongoing, friendly contact.”

At the Senedd event Hafal will present a report on loneliness and isolation which presents the results of a national survey.

Hafal Chair Mair Elliott commented: “The feedback demonstrates the clear need for support in the area of social life for our client group, including those with a serious mental illness and their carers.

“We are calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that mental health services in Wales complete and then implement the specified section on social life within all Care and Treatment Plans for people in secondary care.

“We also want to see people with health problems and their carers provided with appropriate support through primary care, in particular those whose relationships, employment and social contact have been seriously diminished.”