Former Gellinudd Hospital
Lon Catwg
Port Talbot

Tel: 01792 816 600

Web: www.hafal.org

Hafal (meaning 'equal') is the principal organisation in Wales working with people recovering from serious mental illness and their families. Launched in April 2003, they are managed by the people they support - individuals with serious mental illness and their families.

Every day their 179 staff members and 80 volunteers provide help to over 1,000 people affected by serious mental illness: this includes schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other diagnoses which typically involve psychosis or high levels of care, and which may require hospital treatment.

What's their mission?

Hafal is founded on the belief that people who have direct experience of mental illness know best how services can be delivered.

Providing support across the seven local health board areas of Wales, Hafal is dedicated to empowering people with serious mental illness and their families to:

  • Achieve a better quality of life
  • Fulfil their ambitions for recovery
  • Fight discrimination
  • Enjoy equal access to health and social care, housing, income, education, and employment.

What they do?

Hafal delivers a range of services to people with serious mental health illness including direct support and advice, support in a crisis, contact with others by phone, advocacy, support in a group setting, introductions for befriending, and employment and training projects. They also give clients a much-needed voice in the planning of mental health services.

Underpinning their services to clients, families and members is their own Recovery Programme. This Programme is based on modern principles of self-management and empowerment. It encourages clients and families to work towards recovery with the help of Hafal's staff and other supporters by taking a more methodical approach to improving all areas of life.

As well as providing services Hafal campaigns through research, publications and media work to improve services for clients and families and to remove stigma and isolation associated with severe mental illness.

Last updated on 22/01/2015

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