The “Taking the Wheel” campaign reached Swansea today.
Service users and carers from Hafal’s Swansea project have discussed the campaign’s theme of empowerment during today’s event.
Service user Sarah Stanyon, 23, who has depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said: “Before going into hospital I felt trapped in a downward spiral. I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, I couldn’t cope with many day-to-day activities and I really felt like the mental health services available from the NHS were not helpful.
“Since being admitted to hospital things have changed. Hafal found a social worker to talk to my parents about my treatment and after hearing their views of how poorly I had been treated the social worker got to work. I now have a Community Psychiatric Nurse, I will have a home of my own soon and I will be returning to education shortly. I feel my mental health is being taken seriously and this, along with the developments that are taking place in my life, has made me feel empowered.
“Without the support of Hafal over the last year I would not be where I am today. The services they have provided have increased my confidence and opened my eyes to new experiences and ways of thinking. I’ve also made some friends along the way, too.”
To see more pictures of today’s event please go to: http://tiny.cc/dsybs