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Powys Mental Health

Mental Health September 2015 eBulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email
Comic Relief project: Stand Up! for emotional health & wellbeing

Jane Cooke (Senior Officer Mental Health), and Anne Woods (Participation Worker) proudly showing off our Comic Relief plaque. It has a very apt Billy Connolly quote: "All the silly nonsense of Red Nose Day is about the serious business of helping people change their lives." More about the project here.

Anne says: "Would you be interested in joining new groups to discuss mental health care in Powys? The Stand Up! for emotional health and well-being groups will  bring together members of the public and professionals across the county. Register your interest now and we'll send you more details when we have them." You can email Anne: or ring 01597 822191.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales August 2015 
Our team attended this year's National Eisteddfod in Meifod for a Health & Wellbeing Day on 5 August. We shared a stand with Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and invited Ponthafren Association, The Bracken Trust and Big Lottery Fund Wales to join us, and met up with colleagues from Powys teaching Health Board. More here
Mental Health Participation Officer job vacancy
Come and work with us! A 3 day post based in Llandrindod Wells to support delivery of our team's mental health participation activities. Closing date: 9am on 11 September. More here.


Powys Patients' Council


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

"Our last two Patients' Council meetings have involved a variety of themes and some very interesting discussions. One thing that has stood out is how positive in general the feedback on the experience at Felindre Ward has been in comparison to other wards in other areas. We again discussed issues such as food and activity levels and asked people what they thought of plans to install a gym in the current smoking area - which most people like the sound of. Some people have been more content in general than others, and we have liased with staff over the situation for those with specific dietary needs.  As it turns out, the catering will be provided from elsewhere soon. We are also chasing up the availability of benefits advice for patients - particularly for those who stay longer term, and hope to make progress on this soon."
If you would like to volunteer for Powys Patients' Council please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email

Other involvement opportunities: 
  • Self Injury Support and Cardiff University are working to develop a mobile phone app for people who self harm and are looking for people to get involved. More here.
  • Dementia Project - Age Cymru is working with the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales on research to hear the voices and experiences of older people with dementia, their families and carers. Can you help? More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.



Powys teaching Health Board is delighted to announce that Dr Wasi Mohamad will be acting as the Clinical Director for Mental Health Services, for adults of all ages, in Powys from 20 July. Dr Mohamad is an experienced consultant psychiatrist who has led new ways of working such as the online CBT service being rolled out across the county and developing alternatives to hospital treatment at home.  Dr Mohamad’s experience as a young carer made him determined to become a psychiatrist. He is particularly interested in focusing services on earlier intervention to stop problems getting worse and harnessing opportunities in Powys to work closely with patients and other partners to develop local solutions. Dr Mohamad said “It is a privilege for me to take up this post in Powys where I started my psychiatric training in 1997. I will try my best in this role to make a difference in improving the quality of services for our service users.”

Cycling for Alzheimer's Society!
Andre Hutchinson is the Adult Mental Health Manager in Montgomeryshire, and Mike Hughes a Senior Mental Health Practitioner. They recently completed a 100 mile charity cycle ride in London to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. Find out more and donate if you wish here.

Community Action Machynlleth and District has received a lottery award of £71,000 to develop its Pathways Project - a drop-in service for those experiencing mental health issues across the Dyfi Valley area. More here.

Self Injury Support now circulates a monthly ebulletin, you can read the latest edition here. Sign up to find out more about support for women and girls, resources and training for all.

Phoenix House, a private mental health hospital in Welshpool, now provides specialist mental health services
                                    for women in a complementary new female annex. More

Beyond Greenspace: how can different types of natural environment affect health & wellbeing? The University of Exeter Medical School has published results of a 2 year in-depth investigation into how different types of green space can affect health. Read more and watch a video here.

Do you know about Powys People Direct? It is a single point of access for all enquiries for children's and adults' services across the county, such as discharge from hospital and support at home. PAVO's Third Sector brokers work alongside Powys County Council staff in the hub in The Gwalia in Llandrindod Wells. More here.

Minister unveils details of £7.6m for young people’s mental health services in Wales. Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health & Social Services announced the funding, which includes development of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, in the summer. More here.

The Law Commission unveils proposals for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) replacement. More here. There is a consultation on the proposed "Protective Care" system to replace it which you can respond to here.

Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, wrote about the importance of good charity governance in the aftermath of Kids Company going under. It makes a very interesting read - being relevant to all charities, including those in the mental health sector. More here.

Brecon Dementia Friendly Community is a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities category of the Dementia Friendly Awards England and Wales 2015. We wish them good luck for the awards ceremony on 16 September! More here.

Powys Health & Well Being Action Group is progressing in partnership with Powys teaching Health Board and Powys County Council  to enable a Community Benefit Organisation (CBO) to  develop a Well Being Park for our local Community in the grounds of Bronllys Hospital. More here.

The mental health charity Gofal has produced its 3rd annual report examining the impact of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure on people’s experiences of primary mental health support services in Wales. There is an interesting section on waiting times for psychological therapies. More here.

Find out more about general health support on our PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog.
This month: Third Sector & the Virtual Wards in Powys 

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 September click here.
  • For events in October click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Tues 15 Sept - Mindfulness course with Mid Powys Mind. More here.
  • Tues 6 Oct - Recovery & Beyond - new course in Machynlleth run by Aberystwyth Mind. 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.



Comedy & Wellbeing - Havin' a Laugh Project - Owen Griffkin tells us more about this innovative and fun new project for Powys.
Thought for the Day – should mindfulness be taught in schools? – as young people struggle to live up to impossible ideals, we look at hopeful options.
Freda Lacey on her new role in the Health & Social Care (HSC) team – with added bonus – a link to her “This is me” life story activity.
Advance Statements for Crisis Planning - a look at how people can retain control and responsibility for their mental health even at times of crisis.               
Hafal’s All Together Now! Campaign rocks at the Royal Welsh – Glynis finds out more while the music plays on.
Health & Social Care Network events – a mental health perspective – commissioning updates from Powys County Council, Powys teaching Health Board, Welsh Government and more.  

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:

  • Mental Health Participation Officer job vacancy in the PAVO mental health team. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Alzheimer's Society Volunteer Befriender vacancies in the Brecon area. More here.


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Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 5 October 2015. Please send any items for inclusion by Monday 28 September 2015 to

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