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Mental Health July 2015 E-bulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email

The National Eisteddfod of Wales August 2015 - see us there!
This year Montgomeryshire and the Marches is home to the National Eisteddfod which will take place in Meifod from 1 - 8 August. Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations will be in attendance throughout the week, sharing a stand with Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Wednesday 5 August will be a Health & Wellbeing themed day, and our team will be there along with colleagues from the PAVO Health & Social Care Team. Hope to see you there!

Comic Relief project update

In mid-June our new colleague Anne Woods attended the Participation Cymru All Wales Participation Network - Power to Local People in practice. Here she is (right) with Bill McAllister-Lovatt of Disability Powys, and Gill Colerick of Hafal. Anne tweeted from the event: "stories are just data with a soul" Brené Brown (researcher storyteller). Maybe I want to be a researcher storyteller?   You can read more about the day here.

Our team took the plunge this month and decided to review how the Five Ways to Wellbeing impacted on our day to day lives... football, grand-kids, quilts, a cat and quad-biking... something for everyone! More here.

The next ebulletin will be out in early September, we are taking a summer break in publication, though the team are, of course, still available to answer any mental health information queries as usual. All the details for how and when to submit information to share with the sector in our ebulletins are at the bottom of this page. We always look forward to hearing from you!


Powys Patients' Council

We are recruiting new volunteers to be involved in Powys Patients' Council, and particularly looking to recruit women as currently there are none in the team. This project is funded by Powys teaching Health Board, and independently managed by PAVO's Mental Health team. Benefits of volunteering with the project include receiving training in mental health awareness, listening skills, and influencing senior executives. It involves attending monthly visiting sessions at Felindre Ward in Bronllys Hospital, and transport, travel expenses and lunch are provided. You would be part of a group of people helping to resolve issues brought to us by patients on the ward. This plays a big part in making life better for people whilst they are in hospital. If this sounds like something you'd like to take part in, please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email

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

"Some matters that were discussed in June included the procedure for patients to comment on ward meals.  Also, there were some discussions around the proposal to turn the current smoking room into a gym therefore allowing the chance for more physical activity - which itself has increased with the work of occupational therapists.  We were told that advocates are now on the ward less often, which is disappointing. Also, some of the practicalities of having full but filtered internet access on the ward were talked about."

Other involvement opportunities: 
  • Apply to be a member of Care & Social Services Inspectorate Wales's new regional forums. CSSIW is looking for people who use and have experience of care, childcare and social services - such as carers, parents, former professionals and members of the public. Closing date: 26 August. More here.
  • The University of Manchester - Centre for Mental Health & Safety -  is conducting a survey on How safe is mental health care? Whether you are someone who has been in the care of mental health services or a family member or friend, the Centre is interested in your views. More here.
  • Vital Signs: taking the pulse of Welsh communities: survey to say how you feel about the community where you live. Nominate your chosen community organisation for the chance to win £1,000! More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.



Talk to Me 2 - National Suicide & Self-harm Prevention Strategy launch
Professor Mark Drakeford, the Minister for Health and Social Services, will launch the strategy, entitled Talk to Me 2, on Thursday, July 16 at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff. The strategy sets out priorities to be addressed at national regional level and local levels. More here.

A new Assistant Chief Constable, Liane James, joined Dyfed-Powys Police this month.  Liane was previously temporary Assistant Chief Constable of specialist crime at South Wales Police, where she started her career in 1990. She has specialised in terrorism policing, including being the national lead for the crime, and has worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers in the area. Liane was also responsible for mental health and e-crime in Wales. More here.

The Care Quality Commission in England has just published its report Right Here, Right Now: people’s experiences of help, care and support during a mental health crisis. Findings show there are clear variations in the help, care and support available to people in crisis. A person’s experience depends not only on where they live, but what part of the system they come into contact with. More here.

Rekindle, the Newtown charity "getting young people to talk about mental health" has moved to new premises at 11/12 Market Street. The Small Steps Project works with people aged 16 - 25 to offer early intervention for those at risk of or already experiencing mental distress such as depression or anxiety, or who self-harm.

Mid Powys Mind has a new Re-ablement Worker following receipt of funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Mandy Pearce will provide support to people in transition from Bronllys psychiatric hospital back into the community. More on the charity's new website.

Brecon Dementia Friendly Community and Llanfaes School - watch a video produced by Powys County Council's Health and Adult Social Care Integrated Leadership Board about the school's work to support the local community and people living with dementia at Trenewydd Residential Home. More here.

The mental health charity Powys Mental Health Alliance produces Headspace magazine twice a year. The Spring 2015 issue has articles on Specialist care at Phoenix House Hospital in Welshpool and volunteering with the Samaritans. You can now read this and all the back issues online here

Do you know about the Silverline helpline? It is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. You can ring
0800 4 70 80 90 for information, friendship and advice.

Open Dialogue UK is bringing Foundation training in the Open Dialogue approach to the UK in 2016 for for NHS Teams, Peers and Independent Practitioners. Open Dialogue is an innovative, network-based approach to persons experiencing severe psychiatric crises and conditions originally developed in Finland. More here.

The Hafal roadshow is at the Royal Welsh Showground near Builth Wells in Powys on 22 July. The aim of the campaign is to unite people through music. Getting out, meeting people and taking part in activities can have a huge impact on people's recovery from mental distress. More here.

Powys Health & Wellbeing Action Group is looking at setting up a health park in Bronllys on the hospital site. You can read the group's latest newsletter here.  

Find out more about general health support on our PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog. This month: NHS Screeninga way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions. Various screening programmes will be visiting Knighton during July, including breast, bowel, cervical. More here.

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 July click here.
  • For events in August click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Sat 25 July - Ponthafren Welshpool Outreach's Summer Open Day. More here.
  • Sun 26 July - Tea on Top, the annual walk to the top of a hill in the Brecon Beacons with the Friends of Brecon & District Mind. More here and see what they got up to in previous years here.
  • Tues 28 July - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding Legal Update, Brecon. 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.



Five top sportsmen and women talk about mental health - in Wimbledon fortnight we look at the pressures high level sport brings and coping strategies that could work for anyone.
Change Step - led by veterans for veterans - Steve  Jones tells us more about his new role providing peer support for Armed Forces veterans in Powys.
Five Ways to Wellbeing - our team check out the Five Ways and find that football, grandkids, cats, wild flowers, quilts and volunteering can all have a therapeutic effect.
Brecon & District Mind - Mental Health Awareness Day - what to do with a Bomber bike and other outdoor activities that can be beneficial to your mental health.

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:

  • Brecon & District Mind Volunteer Co-ordinator vacancy - the role will entail recruiting, training, supporting and mentoring volunteers to undertake volunteering opportunities within the National Parks. Closing date: 15 July. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Relate Cymru trustee vacancies - to carry out a variety of roles. Monthly meetings in Newtown, Powys. More here.


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Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 7 September 2015. Please send any items for inclusion by Tuesday 1 September 2015 to

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