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Mental Health June 2016 eBulletin

To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email
Jane and Jackie attended an extremely interesting symposium in Llandrindod Wells last month - The Art of Health in Wales. We met arts practitioners and staff from health boards all across Wales who had worked collaboratively to produce some amazing arts health projects with long-lasting impacts on people's recoveries. Jane is pictured (above right) with Fiona Edwards, Property Manager, Arts in Health, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board. Find out more here.

ABMU Health Board  is holding its very first Storytelling for Health conference in a year's time, 16 - 17 June 2017 in Swansea. The aim is to celebrate the importance and growth of storytelling for health and to understand and promote good practice. There is currently a call for contributions - more here.


Carla attended the Mental Health Today Wales conference, organised by Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd, which took place on 18 May at The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. She found out about ‘Maternal and perinatal mental health,’ ‘Promoting good mental health in schools,’ and ‘Building resilience with children and young people'. The programme featured representation from across the mental health community – commissioners, policy makers, charities, providers, family carers, support workers, and most importantly service users.
The next Stand Up for Emotional Health & Wellbeing
meeting will take place in
 Welshpool during the summer
This will be an opportunity 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!

The first Coffee Moaning was held in Knighton on 16 May, and was the perfect 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 about future Coffee Moanings 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 plus travel expense reimbursement for anyone wishing to participate.  For more info please ring 01597 822191 or email

Powys Patients Council


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

As an extra task this month our lead volunteer Rhydian Parry has compiled a list of CDs, DVDs and games equipment held by the ward - useful as a guide for patients who are looking for entertainment. We are very grateful to people who donated DVDs and CDs to the ward....  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
  • Putting Things Right survey - This survey seeks to review the NHS leaflet which explains how to raise a concern or complaint about the NHS in Wales. Closing date for responses: 31 August 2016. English leaflet here. Welsh leaflet here. Complete the survey here.
  • Local voices needed for NHS watchdog - find out more about an opportunity with the Powys Community Health Council to improve health services in the county. More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.

Temporary changes to Fan Gorau Ward
at Montgomeryshire County Infirmary

Rhiannon Jones, Director of Nursing, Powys Teaching Local Health Board, updates us: 

"As the NHS mental health service provider for North Powys the safety, experience and outcomes for people with mental health problems is our priority. This is why we have taken the difficult decision, and we firmly believe it is the right decision, to temporarily transfer inpatient mental health services from Fan Gorau in Newtown for six months...."  Read the rest of the statement here.

From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness & Distress - a report considering the stigmatizing and unhelpful approach of the medical model which dominates professional and public thinking. With contributions from mental health service users/survivors. Supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the NSUN network for mental health and Shaping our Lives - an independent national user controlled organisation, think tank and network. More here.
The Marsh Christian Trust is working with Mind and other Peerfest Partners, who are developing peer support across England and Wales, to deliver the Marsh Award for Mental Health Peer Support. Closing date: 18 July. Cash prize of £1,000. More here.
"Small things can help." An interesting blog post from the British Medical Journal about seeking treatment for self harm:
Self harm in the emergency department - a patient's view.
"Missing opportunities for children's mental health" - a new report from the Centre for Mental Health highlighting the numerous issues about children's mental health, including the confusing 'maze' of services, lack of mental health literacy, and delays in treatment. More here.
During Volunteers' Week this June WCVA announced its conference theme for 2016: Volunteering for Future Generations, taking place on 7 July in Cardiff, to link in with the new Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act. More here.
The mental health charity Mind has organised a campaign to improve the mental health support within primary care. The pressures on primary care are not just impacting on the mental health of patients, but also on the staff working in these services. Mind would like to hear from staff. More here.
Artist Sean Burn has produced a "soundart" piece called Storm is Risin which is a summation of his long-term experiences of voices and visions.  More here.
A new research project at the University of Bristol is looking at the effectiveness of the Mental Health First Aid training package for teachers in Bristol and Cardiff. More here.
MindEd elearning resource. Before moving on to her new role as an Engagement Officer at Powys Teaching Health Board, our former colleague Yvonne Owen-Newns flagged up this free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. 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 and training in June click here.
  • For events and training in July click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • 11 July ACTivate your Life - 4 week course starts in Bronllys: getting wise to your mind. More here.
  • 14 - 15 July - Mental Health First Aid training course in Newtown. 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:  A Carer’s Information programme CriSP is running in South Powys. More here.

PAVO training
Tuesday 28 June - Understanding Commissioning. Full day. Llandrindod Wells. Cost: £20 (PAVO members), £40 (Non PAVO members/Third Sector), £60 (All other/individuals). More info here.


Terrible things happen to other people - PC Owen Griffiths (pictured left) of Dyfed Powys Police on his mental health journey to recovery following a traumatic incident at work.
Stepping Stones @ Brecon & District Mind - we find out more about this innovative new project breaking down barriers to employment in South Powys.
The Art of Health in Wales – some wonderful examples of collaborative arts and health projects, plus thoughts about future work.
Linda’s experience since being diagnosed with dementia – Linda has young onset dementia. In her own words – “you can live well with dementia.”
Dementia Supportive Communities event – the North – everything you ever needed to know about the latest dementia initiatives in North Powys – and there are plenty of them!
The latest on MasterMind – computerised CBT in Powys – the pilot scheme has received 216 referrals to try the “Beating the Blues” online programme.
Five Ways to Wellbeing in the workplace – PAVO staff found out more about how to boost their wellbeing at work: “It’s not magic!” Jane told us as she opened the fire door and ushered us out into the sunshine.
Cuppa with a Copper – PCSO Leanne Morris tells us more about these new meetings which help build good relationships between the police and Brecon Mind members.

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:

  • Senior Officer Children, Young People & Families - working for Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations  in Llandrindod Wells. Closing date: 12 noon on 17 June 2016.  More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Support Group Volunteer for Mid Powys Mind in Builth Wells. To help organise group activities for people with mental health problems. More here.


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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  

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