Hafal Monmouthshire helps people with serious mental illness and their families to work towards recovery. All our services are underpinned by Hafal’s Recovery Programme which empowers clients and families to take control of their lives and achieve recovery.
Hafal’s Recovery Programme is a modern approach to dealing with mental illness.
As an organisation managed by its members – people with experience of serious mental illness and their families – Hafal has drawn on many years’ experience in dealing with serious mental illness to make the Recovery Programme as effective as possible.
What’s the Programme about?
Hafal’s Recovery Programme isn’t just about medication or other therapies which deal directly with symptoms. These can be very important, but mental health is built on much broader foundations.
For any one individual the biggest step to recovery may be finding a place to live, getting a job, establishing a good relationship with their family… usually there are a set of different things which are important to an individual’s recovery.
This is where Hafal’s Recovery Programme comes in. When individuals experience serious mental illness, the Recovery Programme offers them a more methodical way of improving all aspects of their lives.
How does the Recovery Programme work?
The Recovery Programme encourages you to take a “Whole Person” approach, looking at the following areas of your life in order to move forward:
In the process, the Programme covers all aspects of Hafal’s local service including:
- Planning and action
- Managing services
- Wider empowerment
Hafal’s Recovery Programme in Monmouthshire is delivered through the following services:
Family Support: information, guidance, and support for carers.
Breaks for Carers: engaging a person being cared for in a meaningful activity, enabling their carer to take a break. Individual carer respite is offered through home visits, and support is given for short breaks away from the home. Support is also provided to help carers to access carer groups, and to receive carers assessments.
The service is provided on an outreach basis between 9-5pm Monday – Friday.
A Hafal carers’ group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm – 4pm at Hafal in Duckpool Road.
Behavioural Family Therapy: This is a behavioural model of family work which aims to provide families with the relevant information, strategies and skills to enhance their ability to cope with the stresses of everyday life.
The sessions focus on:
- Identifying the goals of the carers as well as the cared for.
- Developing the skills family members have to solve problems within the household.
- Improving communication between family members, enabling them to express a range of emotions and requests in a safe and constructive way.
Hospital advocacy: we provide an independent advocate service which is available at Llanarth Court Hospital and male wards at Aderyn.
As part of the Gwent Mental Health Consortium, Hafal offer a range of Wellbeing and Training opportunities for those affected by mental illness and their carers alongside our partners:
- Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind
- Caerphilly Borough Mind
- Newport Mind
- Mind Monmouthshire
- Inside Out Cymru
- Growing Space.
Opportunities include 1-2-1 and group support, focused around structured courses which include:
- Healthy eating
- Budgeting and managing your finances
- Assertiveness skills
- Confidence building
- Physical activity
- Managing anxiety
- Stress management and relaxation
For more on the latest services, visit: www.hafal.org/monmouthshire.php
Carers or clients can refer themselves, or can be referred through their GP, CPN, Social Worker, friend or relative, or any other statutory or voluntary agency. Please contact the project directly or via the GHMC single referral pathway on 01633 810718.
For more information on any of our Monmouthshire services, or to chat about how we can support you in your recovery, please contact one of our local staff:
Michelle Boyd, Practice Leader
Tel: 01633 264 763
Michelle Boyd 07866702747
Up4It: outreach support to young people aged 14-25 who are experiencing first episode of
psychosis and their siblings.
For more information please contact 07580 792 138 or
Hafal’s Manager for this area is:
Tel: 01792816 600
Hafal Monmouthshire is supported by:
Monmouthshire County Council
Matthew Pearce Head of Communications