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Powys Mental Health Information Service

May 2014 E-bulletin
News From Our Team

Not sure where to find the information you are looking for about services, help, support and activities?  Want to know more about voluntary organisations across Powys?   We are here to help, please get in touch with your questions and we will do our best to answer them. Call us on 01686 628 300 or email  More information about our information service here.

Telling our story, being listened to and feeling valued - these are things that you have told us that can change our futures for the better and help us heal.  Since 2007 Powys projects have been recognising and evidencing this.  Find out more about stories and narratives projects here.

Twitter! @pavomh.  Follow us or to to the account here. What do you think we should be tweeting about? Let us know. Best of all, tweet us about it!  This month in twitter:

  • Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry Launch in Westminster House.  You can now follow them on twitter
  • Psychological Therapies for Psychosis are Helpful, But Unavailable.   More here.
  • @RaiWaddingham  An article on @VoiceCollective on training in Ireland on children & young people who hear voices.  Here.
  • @PeteSanders51'There is a mountain of evidence to suggest that the way we work... is fundamentally incorrect' Sami Timimi. Here
  • @powysmh OPEN DIALOGUE healing for psychosis getting good results.  Full length film here
  • If you designed your own asylum, what would it look like? Ever wondered what a a safe place to go "mad" would be like?
  • @FixersUK Five minutes to spare? Why not check out what Fixers films have been aired on TV this month here #FixerNation

Featured This Month:  

  • Open Dialogue Weekend Seminars (May 31 & June 1), London and news of a 3 year Open Dialogue training programme for the UK More here.
  • DON'T FORGET - May is Powys Arts Month!!!  Find out more here
JOIN THE DEBATE - POWYS MENTAL HEALTH BLOG.  Here’s what we’ve been posting about recently: 

If you would like to write more extensively 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.

In the last few months we have been involved in a number of local Stronger in Partnership participation network meetings across Powys.  The aims of this network are:
  • to promote the ways that people with lived experience can get involved in shaping our services
  • to create new ways that people with lived experience can get involved in shaping our services
  • to bring staff and people in contact with those services (e.g. service users) and those close to them (e.g. carers, family members) together so that they can build relationships and work side-by-side to change things for the better
  • to make sure that general operational and strategic issues raised by people in contact with services and those close to them are listened to, responded to and where possible resolved
You can read more about the network here.  You can read more about what has been going on and the difference this network is making here.  

Want to get involved?  All welcome to join in.  You can contact (01597 822191) to find out more.  Or why not pop along to one of our local meetings:  
  • Thurs 15 May Welshpool.  Light The Way.  Ponthafren Association Outreach Centre 2 - 3.30pm PLEASE NOTE UPDATED TIME..
  • Thurs 3 July Ystradgynlais.  Venue TBC.  2 - 4.30 pm.  
  • Thurs 18 Sept Welshpool. Light The Way. Ponthafren Association Outreach Centre 2-3.30 pm
  • Wed 1st Oct Brecon.  Brecon And District Mind. 2-4 pm 
  • Wed 8 Oct Llandrindod Wells.   Venue TBC.  2 -4 pm 
"This involvement in this work has built up my confidence by giving me opportunities to share views and I have felt part of ‘something’ which is making a difference".  Participant, Llandrindod Wells,  April 2014.  

"This meeting was fabulous and hugely beneficial.  To have services and people who used services coming together like this is empowering for everyone".  Staff member, Brecon, April 2014.  

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and NHS Direct Have Your Say.  Everyone's got's a story what's yours?  Help improve services .  More here

Powys Patients' Council.  Do you have experience as a voluntarily/involuntarily patient on a mental health ward?   Powys Patients' Council needs volunteers.  More here.

Are you in contact with a mental health voluntary organisation in Powys?  Powys Teaching Health are always interested in hearing your feedback about the organisations that they commission across Powys.  More here.

Help Shape Hospital Services in Shrewsbury with the NHS Future Fit programme.  More here.

Who Benefits? needs your stories to show reality of who needs help, why and the difference it makes. More Here

YoungMinds Mental Health Survey and Personal Social Health and Economic Eductaion (PHSE).  More  here

Help shape policing in Llandrindod Wells.  Wanted! Individuals eager to help Dyfed-Powys Police make rural communities safer. 14th May Event.  More here

North Wales Mental Health Unllais Newsletter Looking For Your Story.  More here.

Spread the word. To find out more about these and other opportunities to get involved visit our team's Get Involved website page. If you are in contact with people that might be interested in these opportunities, then please forward this e-bulletin to them or get in touch for a hard copy.

To access our full calender of events click here.
Mon 12 May - Brecon Mental Health Carers' Group. More here.
Tues 13 May Prof Luke Clements’ Carers & Their Rights, Llandrindod Wells - Powys Carers event.  More here.
Tues 13 May - Bipolar UK proposed Welshpool group - meeting. More here.
Wed 14 May Powys Mental Health Alliance Open Day, Llandrindod Wells. More here.
Wed 14 May - Nibbling a way out: emerging from anorexia, Brecon. More here.
Wed 14 May Brecon & District Mind Open Day during Mental Health Awareness Week 10-4.  More here.
Fri 16 May - Card making with Genevieve Brown for Mid Powys Mind in Presteigne. More here.

May 18-24 - Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Week.  This year the theme is all about opening up and talking to others.  More here.  
  • May 19th  Dementia Friends Information Session in Llandrindod Wells.  Session between 3 - 4pm organised by Dyfed Powys Police.  Book a place with
  • Dementia Champions Open Sessions in Brecon.  Library on Wed 21 May, 11am -12pm and Thurs 22 May 2-3pm. Brecon Fire Station, Camden Road, Wednesday, 21st May 6.30 – 7.30pm.  All welcome just go along!.  More here

Fri 23 May - The Art of Flowers - a creative session for Mid Powys Mind in Knighton with Jill Dibling. More here.
Mon 26 May - Bipolar UK Brecon Group 7-9 pm.  Every 4th Monday of the month.  More here.
Mon 2 June - Walking for Health Group.  Claerwen Dam.  Call Joan on 01597 824 411 to find out more
Wed 4 June - Powys Volunteer Involvers' Network, Llandrindod Wells. First meeting. More here.
Fri 6 June - A presentation on wellbeing by Cath Allen for Mid Powys Mind. Presteigne & Knighton. More here.
Fri 20 June Official Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community Launch. More here
1st Thurs of month - Mid Powys Mind - Social Creative Writing Group "Time to Write" from 7-9pm at The Commodore Hotel. More here.
Last Thurs evening of month - Mid Powys Mind Resource Centre - film night. Call for further details on 01597 824411.
Keeping Safe Course focusing on building self-esteem and confidence at Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells.  Coming soon.  Find out more and register your interest on 01597 824411.
Various dates, various groups and courses in Newtown and Welshpool - Reiki, Yoga, Free Counselling, arts and crafts, anger managements and more ...Ponthafren Association blog here.

Powys Integrated Training Brochure 2014-2015.  Now available here.


Wed 14 May Harm Reduction & Mindfulness.  2nd Annual Kaleidoscope Conference  exploring the key concepts on the path to recovery.  More here
Fri 16 May - Welsh Psychiatric Society / Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales NEW ADVANCES, The Village Hotel, Swansea.  More here.
Tues 20 May Mental Health Wales Today conference - theme of mental health and poverty. Cardiff. More here.
Wed 21 May Practical Solutions for managing Mental Health in Primary Care: a one day workshop for GPs - London. A Royal College of Psychiatrists' event. More here.
25 - 27 June INTAR- International Network Towards Alternatives for Recovery conference Liverpool. More here.
4 - 6 July Wales International Story Telling Festival including 1 day  focus 4th July 9.30-4.30 on Well at the World’s End: Storytelling, Health & Well-being.  St Donats Castle, South Wales.  More here.


Powys Info-Engine.  If your group or organisation is not yet registered 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

Powys Volunteer of The Year Award 2014.  Deadline extended until June 6th.  More here.

Powys Volunteer Involvers Network on Wednesday, June 4th Llandrindod Wells for Volunteer Involving Organisations across the county. Book now.  More here.

Powys Training - Listening skills for managers, mindful line management and more. More here

Need to hire a minibus for a community event?  Need to access training for you volunteers and staff?  Minibus driving, first aid, health and safety, passenger assistance and much more.  PAVO's Powys Transport Training Agency Training Dates Out Now.  More here.

Mental Health Measure 2010 Welsh Government Review 2014 - latest information now on our website here and information about focus groups in Powys in May.  There is also the opportunity on this page to complete a survey that calls for your thoughts on aspects of this Measure.  

Powys Mental Health Strategic Reports and Information - You can access this information here.

Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health and Social Care Advocacy - Find out more about this work and how to get involved in Powys here.

Mental Health First Aid training for veterans in Wales - new course coming soon.  More information, including details of how to become an instructor, can be found here and here.

Powys Citizen's Advice Bureau find out more about the difference they are making, how they can help you to get their help and support here.

This month:  Job Vacancies. More information about job vacancies can be found on the PAVO website here.

  • Influence and Change Officer, Mind Cymru.  Closes May 31st.  
  • Family Mediator, Resolve Cymru. Closes May 16th.
Funding news and advice - more information here.

For more information on events and activities at mental health centres in Powys see website links below:

The Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2014 have been launched.  More details here. 

Bipolar UK Carers Link Mentoring Service.  More here.

Change Step - a national Peer Mentoring Service for Military Veterans.  More here.

May 12-18th.  Mental Health Foundation's Mental Awareness Week - Are you anxiety aware?  More here.  Why not read Start2's top tips for beating stress here. 

Have you heard about Hafal's unique Tŷ Adferiad recovery breaks? More here.

To read other organisations' newsletters, check out our webpage here.


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