Movin’ On Up’ campaign peaks at Snowdon

The ‘Movin’ On Up’ campaign peaked in spectacular style today when 100 mental health service users, carers and professionals from Bipolar UK, Hafal and the Mental Health Foundation – along with intrepid members of statutory agencies from across Wales – climbed Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales.

‘Movin’ On Up’ campaign to reach a new peak this Friday

Hafal’s North Wales Manager Carina Edwards’ latest Western Mail column is online. This month’s article looks forward to Friday’s ‘Movin’ On Up’ Snowdon Challenge and ‘Together for Mental Health’, the Government’s new Mental Health Strategy.

“Work Capability Assessment remains an ineffective process”

A third Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is being undertaken by UK government adviser Professor Malcolm Harrington. The WCA was first introduced in October 2008 to assess entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and the Welfare Reform Act 2007 commits the Secretary of State to lay an independent report before Parliament each year for the first five years of operation.

Ban on MPs with mental ill health to end

The Westminster Government has backed a private member’s bill by Gavin Barwell MP which aims to end an antiquated law which means that MPs detained under the Mental Health Act for more than six months are stripped of their seat.