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Mental Health April 2015 E-bulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email
Police mental health information cards

Just out in time for Spring!
Powys Mental Health Info Service has worked in partnership with West Wales Action for Mental Health and Dyfed Powys Police to produce some new cards. These will be given out by officers on the street to anyone requiring information about mental health. C.A.L.L. Helpline, Info Engine online directory of services and organisations, Powys Mental Health and WWAMH all have details included. Police officers will be attending mental health training in the next few weeks before using the cards - we will keep you updated.
There's more on our blog about Dyfed-Powys Police work around mental health.


Powys Individuals Forum – NEW opportunity for Involvement - dates confirmed


Brecon - 23 April
, 10am - 4pm  Subud Centre, Canal Bank, Brecon, LD3 7HH
Newtown - 29 April, 10am - 4pm  Mid Wales Art Centre, Caersws, SY17 5SB
This is your opportunity to come and meet your individual representatives, learn what’s new with mental health services across Powys and give your opinions. More here.

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour: an exploration of current practice, event dates confirmed:
22 April - Newtown
27 April - Llandrindod Wells 
12 May - Brecon 
We would like to invite you to share your views on anti-social behaviour policy and practice in relation to vulnerable people. There is evidence that suggests that people who have or are experiencing mental health problems may be involved in anti-social behaviour either as victims, perpetrators or both. More here.

Other featured participation opportunities this month:
  • Consultation on Service Framework for the Treatment of People with a Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problem 2015. Closing date: 23 April. More here.
More about these and other opportunities on our team's Get Involved page. 



Can you help progress the work of Brecon & District Mind, the voluntary sector mental health Wellness & Recovery Learning Centre in the south of Powys? New trustees are being sought. More here.   

Hay-on-Wye Outreach of Brecon & District Mind has recently changed its venue. More here

This week Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg paid a visit to Ponthafren Association, the voluntary sector mental health charity in North Powys. He helped out with the garden and met several of the members. More here.

Update on the Health Care Watchdog for Powys
Powys Community Health Council [CHC] is the new independent statutory organisation which represents the interests of patients and the public in the National Health Service in Powys. On 1st April 2015, Powys CHC replaced Brecknock & Radnor CHC and Mongomeryshire CHC. CHC Members are being appointed to the new CHC. The Chief Officer David Adams is based at the Brecon office. The Newtown office remains open and all contact details for CHC staff remain unchanged. More info here.

Dementia diagnosis survey: Across Wales people struggle to be diagnosed or to receive support. This needs to change. And stories will help bring about change. This survey is aimed at people with dementia. Closing date: 15 June. More here.

The Brecon Tea & Chat sessions for people with dementia have been so successful that they have been extended. Tues, 10.30 - 12 noon, Brecon & District Mind. Further info from Jean Nowell: 01874 712083.

The Mental Health Foundation is exploring the role of outdoor activity in nature to help people to live well with dementia. A survey is available for family carers or supporters of someone with dementia. You can find out more and complete the survey here.
A new free online resource is now available from Connecting with People - an organisation providing evidence-based training in suicide and self harm prevention: "Staying safe if you're not sure life's worth living." Find out more here.

Smoking Cessation support. Did you know that in Powys free support is available to help you quit smoking through many local pharmacies (Level 3 Scheme) and through Stop Smoking Wales? More here.

Promoting resilience in children - how are we doing in Powys? A survey from the Emotional & Mental Health subgroup of the CYP (Powys Children and Young People’s partnership). Have your say here.

The power of listening to a person's story... everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear. Watch Dave Islay speak in this powerful video. Dave is the founder of StoryCorps, an ongoing oral history project.

The new High Sheriff of Powys, Mike Lewis, is keen to use his year of office to support and promote third sector groups and organisations. He would be happy to be involved in award ceremonies and other events that raise the profile of charities, community groups and voluntary agencies. Please contact him at

Mad Love: A Designer Asylum
What have you done to get yourself through a period of mental distress? How have you supported someone else through a period of struggling with their mental health? What support do you need to get you through the tough times? What do you think the ideal asylum should look like? More here.

The latest Powys Integrated Training brochure is now available for 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016. Spaces are made available to staff and volunteers working in the health and social care sector in Powys. To book email or telephone 01597 827330.
Want to find out more current news, mental health training dates and what's on? Just click on our website links for the latest:

  • For events in April click here.
  • For events in May click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Thurs 30 April: Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest training, Llandrindod Wells. More here.
  • Tues/Wed 5 & 6 May: 2 day course - Mental Health First Aid with Mid Powys Mind, Builth Wells, more here.
  • Wed/Thurs 6 & 7 May: Babette Rothschild: 2 Day Safer Trauma Therapy Professional Training, Llandrindod Wells. More here.
For more information about voluntary sector services, activities and opportunities in your area either get in touch with us or visit our local links page here.


Mental Health & Missing Person Support Officer - Dyfed-Powys Police - Carina Giannuzzi tells us more about her role.
What if “Restraint” was not an option? – Freda Lacey explores the changing attitudes to the use of physical restraint on psychiatric patients.
Reflections on volunteering at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games: what can sport teach us about life? – Anne Woods from Powys on life skills she has observed as both a Games Maker and Clydesider.

If you would like to write more about your experiences and views, please get in touch. We welcome guest posts from people who live and work in Powys – you can write anonymously if you wish.

Job vacancies 

Featured job vacancies this month:

  • Social worker mental health, Llandrindod Wells. More here.

For information about job vacancies across Powys visit PAVO's website here. For more information about volunteer vacancies across Powys visit the Volunteering Wales website here.


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Funding News and Advice.  PAVO Accredited Funding Services "Know how, know who, know when". More information here. 

Find Services In Your Community.  Try our website here, or Info-Engine here.  If your group or organisation is not yet registered on Info Engine go to and add your details.  Registration is free, secure, and simple to do. For more information or for help with registering contact Claire Powell PAVO on 01597 822191 or email  

Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 4 May 2015. Please send any items for inclusion by Monday 27 April 2015 to

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