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Mental Health April 2016 eBulletin

To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email

In March we were pleased to welcome Carla Rosenthal (second from left) who is covering Angharad's maternity leave. We asked her to introduce herself:

"My name is Carla Rosenthal and before taking up this role as Participation Officer, I produced 
and edited HeadSpace Magazine for Powys Mental Health Alliance. As a result, I’ve met many people and organisations who have some form of involvement in mental health - from service users to service deliverers. 

A few years ago, I suffered my own mental ill-health and have lived experience of being a patient in a psychiatric hospital in Surrey and again as a voluntary patient at Bronllys Hospital. These days, I often attend meetings with staff who knew me as a patient and am pleased to be able to help represent the views of service users and carers in the work that I do. 

I’m passionate about breaking down the stigma and discrimination that sometimes comes with having a mental health diagnosis and believe it is important to look at the person rather than have an individual defined by their ‘illness’. As a Participation Officer, my job is to get people involved in talking about what they need, then to find Individual Representatives who will take these views and opinions to decision makers at Board level, in the hope that the voice of the service user and carer gets heard by all the right people.

When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening and am studying a Royal Horticultural Society course in Horticulture along with looking after my two children and two dogs, tackling the washing up, dealing with piles of dirty laundry, dragging the hoover around etc etc etc!"
The next Stand Up for Emotional Health & Wellbeing
meetings will take place on
Tuesday 3 May in Newtown, 
(date in May tbc) in Welshpool.
These are opportunities for members of the public who have been in contact with services, and those close to them, to come together to meet professionals and discuss the way that mental health care is provided in Powys. You can find out more about the  project here
Please contact Anne Woods for full details and to register to attend by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing:
COFFEE MOANINGS are coming your way!
A place for CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM to meet cake!

In the next few months, a series of ‘Coffee Moanings’ will be held around Powys to give an opportunity for people to get together and offer constructive criticism about mental health services in Powys. These views and opinions will be used to help shape future services. For more information please contact Carla Rosenthal, details below.
Recruitment of Reps
The Mental Health team is also currently looking to recruit volunteers to become Individual Representatives of Mental Health service users and carers. The role requires taking grass-root views and opinions to local board meetings where service providers can find out what is working and what needs to change. PAVO is offering a generous training package + travel expense 
reimbursement for anyone wishing to participate. An Individual Representative Forum Meeting will be held in Brecon towards the end of May to explain the role and process in more detail. You can read about last year's event here.
For more info please ring 01597 822191 or email
This month PAVO's Claire Powell (left), Info Engine Officer & Third Sector Broker, goes on maternity leave. We wish her all the best! Can you believe that the person who has been recruited to cover her post for the next few months is also called Clair Powell! Welcome Clair, we look forward to working with you. Register your service on Info Engine or find out more about 3rd Sector Brokers.

Powys Patients Council


Philip Moisson, who is currently facilitating the Patients' Council meetings, updates us about recent meetings: 

We met with some patients today and explored a few individual and a few general issues as best we could. Some of the stresses of being an in-patient were discussed again, and our sympathetic ears and open minds, together with the experience of being on the ward that our volunteers bring, seemed to be very helpful....  Read more here.

If you would like to volunteer for Powys Patients' Council please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email

Other involvement opportunities
  • Powys Regional Partnership Board is recruiting service user and carer reps to have a say in the development of future Health & Social Care Services in Powys. Closing date 15 April. More here.
  • Young Persons Mental Health Quality of Care Survey: information is being collected across the UK to look at how health services work together to support young people treated for mental health conditions. More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.
Procurement of Carers' Services in Powys 
Powys County Council (‘The Council’) and Powys Teaching Health Board on behalf of the Powys Regional Partnership Board (previously called Health and Social Care Leadership Board) will commence the procurement of services on 29th March, 2016, with a start date of new contract of 1st July, 2016. More here.

PAVO is offering free support to organisations wishing to respond to the specification. If you are interested in partnership working, collaboration with current suppliers and/or building consortia in relation to this contract, please contact Pete Lathbury, Head of Third Sector Support on 01597 822191 OR email pet​
The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, the legislation governing provision and improvement of mental health services in Wales, has been reviewed over the past two years. The Duty to Review Final Report is now available to read here.
It was debated on 23 February in the National Assembly for Wales, more here.

New perinatal mental health services to be set up across Wales - announced by Health & Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford in March. More here.

The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act came into force on 6 April 2016. The new law ensures people will have the right support services at the right time, gives carers greater rights and strengthens powers to safeguard vulnerable children and adults. More here.
Brecknock Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of £313,757 from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver its Wild Communities project in Cwm Tawe Uchaf (Upper Swansea Valley).This 3 year project will work closely with local people and organisations such as Mind Cymru to help revitalise deprived communities and the local environment. One strand provides opportunities for people experiencing mental ill health to access training and learn new skills. More here.
The Open Dialogue UK International Conference took place in February 2016 in London. Dr Jaakko Seikkula, who has been closely involved with its practice for over 20 years in Western Finland, was a keynote speaker. There is an excellent write up, featuring numerous videos from the event, and information about training available in the UK, on the Mad in America website here.
Bournemouth University and the mental health charity Mind have launched Emoodji, a new app to help students cope with the highs and lows of university life. 

The free app is designed to allow you to quickly and easily share how you’re feeling by taking a selfie or a photo and attaching an emoji that represents your mood. More here.
A Day in the Life was a one-year crowdsourcing project conceived and carried out by Social Spider Community Interest Company that asked people living with mental health difficulties one very simple question: What was your day like? What made your mental health better and what made it worse? You can read an analysis of the responses in a report here.
The Chy Sawel Project ("House of health-giving") works to provide an innovative approach to mental distress in Cornwall, but looks to network with interested groups and individuals across the UK. The Project is hosting a one day conference on 13 May: Today’s Mental Health Crisis – The Time For Change! Speakers include: Robert Whitaker and Nick Putman. More here.

STOP PRESS: The new Integrated Training Brochure is now available to access on the Powys County Council website offering courses for all staff, practitioners, carers, foster carers, adoptive parents and service users in relation to Adult & Children's Social Care, Children & Young People, and Health. 

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 and training in April click here.
  • For events and training in May click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • 28 April - North Powys Dementia Supportive Communities event in Newtown including Re-Live Theatre performance. More here.
  • 23 May - Peer-supported Open Dialogue conference in Nottingham. Find out how it's working in 4 NHS trusts in the UK. 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.

ind out more about general health support on our
PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog
This month:  Free training - Smoking Brief Intervention. More here.

PAVO training
Friday 29 April - Working with other Third Sector organisations to deliver services. Half day. Llandrindod Wells. Cost: £10 (PAVO members), £20 (Non PAVO members/Third Sector), £30 (All other/individuals). Book here.



THRIVE at Mid Powys Mind – find out more about the THRIVE approach to recovery from mental health distress.
Running for mental health - "Running gives me ME time" - be inspired by local runners, including several PAVO colleagues, who write about the benefits of taking up the sport.
CAMAD's Pathways Project in Machynlleth - Jeremy Richards updates us about this lottery-funded mental health project in the NW of Powys.
Engaging with Powys teaching Health Board to help shape future services - Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive Officer of PtHB, (photo above) invited the Third Sector to look at the health board's plans for future health services.
Our comedy workshop @ Celf – the team enrol in a Laughter workshop and belly laughs and giggles are the order of the day…
Anti-social behaviour and mental health – what do services need to consider? – Powys Patients' Council volunteer Philip Moisson reports on a Bangor University research project that focused on ‘vulnerable people and anti-social behaviour’.

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 

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

Featured job vacancy this month:

  • Staff Nurse Community Mental Health - based with the North Powys Older Person Mental Health team  in Newtown. Closing date: 12 April 2016.  More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Have you a spare a couple of hours a week? Do you want to make a difference? Are you a good communicator?
    Help someone over 50 to become more independent, get out more and improve their quality of life. Volunteer for Powys Befrienders.
    Contact us on: 


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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 add your details.  Registration is free, secure, and simple to do. For more information or for help with registering contact Clair Powell at PAVO on 01597 822191 or email  

Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing  6 June 2016. Please send any items for inclusion by 31 May 2016 to

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