Held on an annual basis the conference will explore through a series of workshops, forums and speakers how best to identify important care needs for people living with mental illness.
Health & Social Services Minister, Edwina Hart said;
I’m a firm believer that people who have direct experience of mental illness know best how services can be delivered.
Mental health is one of my key priorities for action in this Assembly term and I am determined to see improvements in the design and delivery of services.
The ‘One Wales’ programme for Government sets out our commitment to seeking legislative competence in mental health and I take service user and carer involvement in our mental health very seriously.
Covering all 22 Local Health Board areas of Wales, Hafal is an organisation managed by the people they support: individuals whose lives have been affected by severe mental illness.
Hafal service user Jo Roberts - author of Jo’s Blog on Hafal’s website (www.hafal.org and www.mentalhealthwales.net) – said:
I’m very pleased to welcome all our speakers to the conference and I’m especially keen to hear the Deputy Health Minister, Gwenda Thomas on behalf of Edwina Hart whose commitment to gaining Wales its own mental health legislation is something we at Hafal strongly support.
Hafal is dedicated to empowering people with severe mental illness and their families to achieve a better quality of life, fight discrimination and enjoy equal access to health, social care, housing, income, education, and employment.
Every day Hafal’s 135 staff and 150 volunteers provide help to over 640 people affected by severe mental illness including schizophrenia, manic depression and other diagnoses which typically involve psychosis or high levels of care.
Speaking at the conference this year, in addition to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Deputy Health and Social Services Minister Gwenda Thomas, will be consultant psychiatrist, Carl Hooper; Wendy Davies, Principal Pharmacist at Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff; Hafal’s Chief Executive Bill Walden-Jones; and Peter Davey, Chair of Hafal’s Trustees and a carer.
15 November 2007