“Taking the Wheel” launched today!

“Taking the Wheel”, the unique service user-led campaign which aims to empower people with a serious mental illness in Wales to take control of their lives and the services they receive, is being launched at a special Seminar in Builth Wells today.

The Seminar is featuring contributors with lived experience of serious mental illness including:

·         Dave Smith, Hafal Expert Patient Trainer and “Taking the Wheel” Seminar Facilitator.

·         David Crepaz-Keay,Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion, Mental Health Foundation.

·         Nigel Griffiths, Board Member, MDF The Bipolar Organisation.

·          Chris Eastwood,Vice Chair of Hafal.

Dave Smith, Hafal Expert Patient Trainer and “Taking the Wheel” Seminar Facilitator, said: “A key aim of ‘Taking the Wheel’ is to empower service users so they can manage their recovery. From personal experience I found that after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder my medication worked for the first few years but a lot more things needed changing in my life. In the end I took control of my recovery and made most of those changes myself by using the internet and attending a self-management training course which changed my life. This campaign will emphasise that self-managed recovery is possible.”

To view pictures of today’s event please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hafal/131232186903160