Plaid Cymru AM Dr Dai Lloyd visited Hafal on Monday April 6th to reiterate his desire to see real progress to mental health services in Wales.
Vice Chair of Hafal’s Trustees Elin Jones has responded to Swiss right-to-die organisation Dignitas’s defence of helping Britons, including some psychiatric patients, commit suicide.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has updated its guidelines on the best way to treat and manage adults with schizophrenia in primary and secondary care.
Mental Health Research Network Cymru (MHRN-C) has approved funding towards the formation of an innovative service user and carer-led research group.
Shadow Health and Social Services Minister Jonathan Morgan AM has pledged his full support for the Wales Alliance for Mental Health (WAMH) vision for a Mental Health Measure (Welsh law). Mr Morgan, who proposed the Mental Health Legislative Competency Order to develop a Measure and has overseen its progress at the Assembly, said he agreed with all the principles in the WAMH vision, including the creation of a legal right to an holistic care plan for all patients who are assessed as needing secondary or specialist mental health services.
Hafal’s Campaigns Manager John Abbott met the newly-appointed Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Minister Peter Black this week to raise the issues facing people with a serious mental illness in Wales. Discussing the new NHS structure that will see the establishment of seven Boards in place of the existing 14 Trusts and 22 Local Health Boards, Mr Black said he strongly supported Hafal’s call for mental health to be a priority.
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Hafal is taking part in a very exciting project with the largest independent healthcare ad agency in the UK, Langland.
Every year Langland donates a proportion of its profits to healthcare charities based in the UK and internationally. As well as offering actual hard cash, the agency also provides their skills and expertise on a pro bono basis.
The challenges faced by people recovering from serious mental illness was one of many issues discussed at Hafal’s autumn conference, an event which was held at the climax of one of the most significant years in the history of the Welsh mental health sector.
Milestone legislation, successful campaigns, widespread discussion and the prospect of new mental health laws – it’s been an extremely busy year and Hafal, Wales’ leading charity for people with severe mental illness and their carers, has been at the forefront of much of the action.
A unique photography exhibition showcasing the creative work of mental health service users, carers and members of the public has been held to mark World Mental Health Day (WMHD).