Are you ready to Get Physical with our new campaign?

Our Let’s Get Physical! campaign is about to launch! As people with a mental illness and their carers in Wales we are concerned that our physical health is neglected. Our Let’s Get Physical! campaign sets a challenge – both to ourselves and to our service providers – to radically improve our physical health.

Figures show a 10% rise in admissions for eating disorders in Wales

Wales Online has reported that according to NHS figures the number of people being admitted to Welsh hospitals for eating disorders increased by 10% in just one year. Health board statistics show there were 274 admissions between 2011- 2013, with an increase from 130 to 144 between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

Hafal Service Users tell Health Minister of their experiences at Report launch

A report published today looks at progress made so far against the aims of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010. The report was launched at an event in Cardiff by Health Minister Mark Drakeford; the launch was attended by service users who spoke about their experience of mental health services and care and treatment planning. Hafal Members had inspired the original legislation and had proposed the detailed content of the new legal right to a Care and Treatment Plan which was adopted by the Government.

AMs show commitment to ring-fencing of mental health funding

Yesterday (Wednesday 2nd April) a plenary debate about Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) took place at the National Assembly. During the debate an amendment to the proposed motion was unanimously agreed stating that the National Assembly:

Lords Committee says Mental Capacity Act is failing

A House of Lords inquiry report out today suggests that vulnerable adults are being failed by the Mental Capacity Act even though the laws are designed to protect and empower them. The report finds that social workers, healthcare professionals and others involved in the care of vulnerable adults are not aware of the Mental Capacity Act, and are failing to implement it.

Young people’s mental health services in Wales “in crisis” according to expert

A BBC Wales investigation has found that young people with a mental illness are often left struggling to cope without the appropriate support. One expert said there are only half the required staff in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Dr Elspeth Webb, a reader in child health at Cardiff University, said services across Wales were operating at between 20% and 40% of the recommended staff levels.