Wednesday 10 August 2011

Information Hub

Hafal's campaigning microbus has finished her North Wales leg and is back down here making an unscheduled stop at Cardiff Council's event at the Jasmine Centre yesterday and bringing the "Taking the Wheel" message to a large and enthusiastic crowd at Bargoed Community Centre today.

Bryn Davies, 24, began attending Hafal and engaging in activities six months ago. He tells us: "The activities Hafal have to offer have really helped with my anxiety and depression. I play guitar and have really enjoyed becoming involved in Hafal’s music group. We’ve performed to the local arts group and it’s helped me build my confidence up. I used to be in a band but when I became unwell I lost interest in it; however, the social aspect the music group has got has built up my esteem. I’m back into what I love doing.

"I have had a lot of help from my support worker and staff from Hafal. I have begun to move forward in my life. I’ve spoken about my illness to students at the local university; in the future I would like to help others, particularly young people, to engage in the activities that Hafal has got to offer".

This seems a good opportunity to mention our Big Lottery-funded Young People’s Information Hub which caters for the information needs of young people aged 11-25. The Hub’s website (look here), which gives tips on how to move forward on the road to recovery, was developed using the expertise of young Hafal Members with direct experience of serious mental illness.


Q "What's the difference between ignorance and indolence?"

A "I don't know and I don't care".