Hafal calls for psychological therapies to be available to people with serious mental illness

Welsh mental health charity Hafal has called for psychological therapies to be more readily available to people with a serious mental illness in Wales.

Hafal is run by the people it supports: people with a mental illness and their carers. Members have long protested that psychological therapies, which are such an important part of a person’s care and treatment, are not as easy to access as they should be.

In a five-point plan, Hafal Members call for:

1. The availability of psychological therapies across Wales for people who experience a psychotic illness as a matter of routine.

2. A priority for psychological therapies to be available first to people who experience a psychotic illness and who are in greatest need.

3. Psychological therapies for people with a psychotic illness to be available and widely used within mental health units and hospitals – and to become a standard provision.

4. Psychological therapies to begin as soon as possible for people with psychotic illnesses – as NICE guidelines state – and started in the acute phase.

5. The availability of a full range of psychological interventions. People receiving secondary mental health services are likely to need specialist psychological interventions, but are also likely to have primary care needs too (anxiety, depression, etc). Therefore, people receiving secondary mental health services should have the full range of psychological interventions available to them.

For more information please contact Peter Martin, Hafal’s Head of Public Affairs, at petermartin@hafal.org