Growth and Development

In the years that followed NSF developed and expanded a range of services for people experiencing not just from schizophrenia but also from other forms of severe mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and severe depression).

This growth and development was reflected in the Northern Ireland region, and throughout the 1980s and 1990s the range and number of services we offered locally expanded to include; housing support, day-care services, carer support and advice and advocacy support.

As the NSF developed there were also changes in the structure of the organisation. The Scottish region left to become NSF (Scotland) some 24 years ago, while the Welsh region sought independence about 5 years ago and is now known by the name, Hafal (the Welsh for equal).

Northern Ireland continued to operate as one of the 9 regions of the charity but with unique arrangements for it’s governance with a local Governance Committee established to oversee and direct it’s operation.


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