New Guide for Students Launched

Hafal’s National Learning Centre has launched a new guide for students which is based on the experiences of over 1000 people with a serious mental illness and their carers and has been produced as part of a groundbreaking Comic Relief-funded initiative.

The guide, “A Recovery Approach to Mental Illness”, is designed for formal and informal students in the areas of health and social care, mental health nursing, medicine, psychology and criminology, and provides an introduction to Hafal’s unique recovery approach which has proved successful for hundreds of service users over the past decade.

The guide has been produced by Hafal as part of the Comic Relief-funded Expert Patient Trainer Project, ‘a unique training opportunity aimed at bringing the expertise of those who have a direct experience of mental illness to a wide audience of students, health professionals, employers, policy makers, service users and carers’.

Speaking about the initiative Nicola Thomas, Hafal’s Company Secretary, said: “Building on the successes of Hafal’s National Learning Centre, and in particular the contribution made by service users as trainer-consultants, the Expert Patient Trainer Project has worked to develop training for a variety of organisations in the educational, voluntary, private and public sectors.

“Through this new initiative service users and carers are delivering and developing courses and gaining their own training qualifications in the process. The aim is to empower these service users and carers, to give them a leadership role, and to reduce stigma.

“This guide is a key part of our strategy to deliver a service user perspective to health professionals in order to improve practice and introduce a recovery ethos into services.”

To download the guide please click here.