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Mental Health December 2016 eBulletin

To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
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Happy Christmas and New Year
from the Mental Health team at PAVO

You can read our Top 10 Tips to Survive Christmas or what about Havin' a Comedy Christmas? "Our Alternative Christmas" will be on the blog very soon - keep a look out!

Sophia Bird of Powys Public Health sends us her Christmas message:

"With winter upon us I have been thinking about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, and how it can promote wellbeing on so many levels, not just now but in the long term too.
Christmas is a time when many of us are making time to connect with family and friends over the holidays. But it can be a lonely time for some, so it may be a good time to reach out to someone who you notice seems to be alone or who you don’t have much contact with generally.  


The Christmas period is also a time when many of us over-indulge given all the festive food around. Make sure you keep active during this time. This is particularly important as we get older since physical activity can be a way of keeping warm, and reducing feelings of anxiety or depression. In addition, research shows that people who keep active rate their quality of life higher and have less falls as they get older. Strength and balance exercises are particularly good to do at home to keep mobile, these enable people to continue with their daily activities within the home and the community.
Of course we can’t talk about Christmas without thoughts about receiving presents, but it is also about giving, whether presents or our company. If you have time to spare, there are many charities that would welcome an extra pair of hands at this time of year, such as Crisis at Christmas, but so may a family or friend.
And come January there will be talk of New Year’s resolutions, so make 2017 the year that you learn new ways to put the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into action in your life, and encourage those around you to do it too".
Stand Up! for emotional health & wellbeing
The next Stand Up! for emotional health & wellbeing meeting will take place in Machynlleth on Thursday 19 January 2017. 
2 - 4pm in the Warren Room, Machynlleth & DistrictCare Centre, 
Forge Road, Machynlleth, SY20 8EQ
It's your opportunity to meet people who work in mental health services
and discuss the way that 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. 
Tel: 01597 822191 or email:

Coffee Moanings - an opportunity to discuss
milk prices and mental health! 

Coming to Welshpool Livestock Market in the New Year.

For more information about future Coffee Moanings please contact Carla Rosenthal, tel: 01597 822191 or email:

Powys Patients' Council


Phil Moisson, Powys Patients' Council
Co-ordinator, with this month's report:

In recent times the patients who we've met have been relatively vocal and positive about their time on the ward. We had a slightly different meeting this month, with some quieter patients who were curious as to what we had to offer...  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
  • Work, Health & Disability Consultation: the Department for Health (UK government) needs to understand why disabled people and people with health conditions might be unable to get a job or keep one. More here.
  • PAVO Annual Survey: we want to improve the ways in which we provide services to the third sector in Powys and work with statutory organisations, public bodies and funders. Tell us what you think: Statutory organisations and Third Sector.
  • Welsh Ambulance Service survey for people with mental health and wellbeing concerns. More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.

Jan Rogers collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace in November for her contribution to mental health, and specifically for being a member of the Expert Reference Group reviewing the Mental Health Code of Practice in England. Jan is a trustee at Ponthafren Association, the mental health charity in Newtown. The award was made in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June this year. More here.

Former PAVO mental health team colleague Glynis Luke has started a new role as a Peer Mentor at Cyfle Cymru's Out of Work Service. The service helps people with substance misuse and/or mental health problems back into work across Powys. More here.

Llandrindod Wells now has its own Men's Shed (aka The Golden Boys) based at Ashfield Community Enterprise in Howey near Llandrindod.  It is somewhere for men to meet new friends, work on group or individual projects, learn new skills or just chill out and relax, to help prevent social isolation, frustration and boredom. More here.
The Welsh Government has produced some new guides for patients, carers and professionals since the revision of the Mental Health Code of Practice earlier this year. They include: "Being in hospital as a detained patient", and "What to expect if your relative or friend is in hospital". More here.

You can read the latest Together for Mental Health delivery plan 2016 - 19 here. It sets out actions, in line with the Welsh Government 10 year strategy of 2012, to improve mental health and wellbeing and improve the care and treatment of people using mental health services, their carers and their families. 
The Arts Council of Wales' new chairman, Phil George, has said that some health activities should be funded by the Welsh Government's health budget.  He said the benefits of the arts to people's wellbeing "needed to be grasped by ministers" and that investment would bring long-term health benefits. More here.
Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture. FREE online course with Future Learn at the University of Liverpool. Led by Professor of Clinical Psychology Peter Kinderman. "We should replace ‘diagnoses’ with straightforward descriptions of problems." Starts 23 January 2017. More here.
Mental Health Ireland has spearheaded research into the impact of peer-led mental health projects in the community, working with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin. The 10 year projects have commitment to recovery and peer expertise, and have engagement in consultation and community development at their core. More here.
A new app has been developed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in partnership with Stem4 - a teenage mental health charity. The app provides tasks to help people resist or manage the urge to self harm. More here.
The Dementia Friendly Communities of North and Mid Powys have produced their first newsletter.  You can read about progress in Welshpool, Newtown and Knighton as they all become more dementia friendly with support from the Alzheimer Society's co-ordinator Karen Rodenburg. More here.
The Hearing Aid Podcasts: free educational podcasts on the various aspects of working with older adults. The podcasts address all kinds of health matters, including mental health related, eg: depression. More here.

Good Work: A Dementia Learning and Development Framework for Wales has been developed by the Care Council & NHS Wales. It suppports the spirit and requirements of Welsh policy, legislation and guidance regarding the care, support and empowerment of people with dementia, carers, and the health and social care workforce. 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 December click here.
  • For events and training in January click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • January 2017: New Year, New Me! 16th - Bronllys, 18th - Newtown,  20th - Llandrindod Wells.  Find out about programmes in your area to help you improve your health and wellbeing. More here.
  • 13 January - 20 February: Aberystwyth Mind art exhibition. 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:  Mental Health Alliance Survey about the Mental Health Act and changes to future legislation.  More here.

PAVO training
Working together for Service Delivery. Fri 13 January. Half day. Llandrindod Wells. Cost: £10 (PAVO members), £20 (Non PAVO members -Third Sector),
£30 (All other).  More info here.


How is telehealth working in Mid Wales? – support groups delivered via Skype, computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy... we find out more how new technology is shaping our health services.

                     Jane was on the Boxing Shadows panel at Celf o Gwmpas last month

Boxing Shadows – the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival – at Celf o Gwmpas in Llandrindod Wells they have been doing exciting work combining the arts and mental health.
Prevention and Early Intervention – the mental health conversation – at the PAVO conference we found out more about pockets of good practice in Powys and also identified some gaps.
The Blue Boy – what it’s like parenting Mark, a son with autism. And a new group in Llandrindod Wells.
National Stress Awareness Day 2016 – Top Ten Tips on this year’s theme of “Workforce Wellness – Your Prime Investment”.
YAPS Sharing the Voice – the young peer mentors from Ponthafren Association share their good practice.
Thank goodness it's Friday in Knighton! –  celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday and more at this thriving regular Mid Powys Mind session.

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 vacancies this month:

  • PAVO Community Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinators - 6 posts across Powys. Closing date: 9am 6 January 2017.  More here.
  • South Powys Dementia Friendly Community Co-ordinator. Closing date: 5pm 5 January. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Volunteer drivers required at the Ystradgynlais Volunteer Centre to drive clients to medical appointments or on shopping trips. More here.


What do you think we should be tweeting about? Let us know. Best of all, tweet us about it!  This month in twitter:
Funding News and Advice.  PAVO Accredited Funding Services "Know how, know who, know when". More information here. 

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 February 2017. Please send any items for inclusion by 30 January 2017 to

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