A report published today by Lord Bradley has recommended key reforms to the Criminal Justice System to ensure that offenders with a mental illness can be more readily diverted into a health and social care setting.
Hafal recently met with the newly appointed Welsh Assembly Government Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, Andrew R.T. Davies, AM.
According to new figures more anti-depressant drugs are being prescribed to patients in the South Wales valleys than anywhere else in England and Wales.
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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