DIY Futures Stories Project and Book 2012 - 2014

From 2012-2014 DIY Futures storytelling project ran, bringing together people with lived experience of mental distress and project staff.  They worked side by side to listen to and record people's stories across Powys and this resulted in a beautiful hard-backed book called "it's the inside that matters".  The book is available across all Powys libraries.  The book was launched in 2013. 

You can find out more, read articles and watch videos.  Find our more here.

The ebook is available now ... just click on the image below to dip into it!

It's the inside that matters - the ebook

Mental Health Narratives Project 2007-2011

This project was a four year participatory action research study; a collaboration facilitated within the statutory mental health services by a mental health nurse manager working alongside six people whose identity moved beyond ‘service user’ to embracing that of co-researcher over this period. The main focus of the study was that the six ‘service user’ researchers interviewed 31 people currently diagnosed with severe and enduring mental illness and receiving input from the statutory mental health services. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcripts were subsequently mapped and analysed by the research team using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). In order that the people were enabled to undertake these roles, the study included a process of interviewing and appointing service user researchers followed by a programme of training workshops, provision of supervision and discussion group/peer support facilitated by the mental health nurse manager throughout the programme. 

Read more about the project here and access the full research paper here.

Case Study for 1000+ Lives Programme 2012.  Partnering with patients through stories for improvement.

Joint Presentation about the research project.

What people said about being involved ...

“We have moved from being service users, to being researchers, a positive identity, which has motivated us all, yes we are useful, we have a purpose, we are being valued for helping to compile, an incredible piece of work, for many of us, confidence has returned, passion and purpose too, as well as an overwhelming feeling of pride, to be part of such a courageous project... For us, being part of a team, sharing, supporting, discovering and importantly, laughing together, has been incredibly affirming."

“Well let’s hope all of us telling our stories makes a bit of difference, it should. It’s the most important things about us”

Sharing The Learning From Stories Projects

Stories for Improvement Training Series 1000 Lives Plus - training information  to support NHS Wales organisations spread the use of stories for improvement.  More here

Scottish Recovery Network.  Learning about other people's thoughts and stories of recovery can inspire hope and challenge preconceptions.  Find a number of recovery stories that have been submitted here.

Get Help Now

Don't forget to sign up to @TREDCymru's review into the Eating Disorder services review. There is an online survey… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Excellent, much needed study: Experiencing mental health diagnosis - a systematic review of qual studies, 78 papers… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Improving our 'Child to Adult Eating Disorder Services in Wales' transition process. @1000LivesWales is holding a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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events

T'ai Chi

Monday 23 April 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

New Pathways SURE for Mental Health

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Interactive Conference 2018, Wrexham

Compassionate Mental Health Conference (2 days)

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Brecon, Powys

Talk on Natural Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Tania Dolley explores the positive mental and physical benefits of connecting with nature and the outdoors (Brecon & District Mind)

Visit to Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall, Llandrindod Wells

Thursday 26 April 2018

Ponthafren Association

80's Disco Night

Saturday 28 April 2018

Newtown

Sculpture Workshop 1 with Geraint Edwards

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Newtown

Smartphone Workshop

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Ponthafren, Newtown

Become a Dementia Friend

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Machynlleth

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (3 weeks, Wednesdays)

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health Today Wales 2018

Thursday 10 May 2018

Conference in Cardiff

Public Health Network Cymru - Sustainability Showcase 2018

Thursday 10 May 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Coffee Morning

Sunday 13 May 2018

Dementia Friendly Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

Networking Event - Mental Health Awareness Week

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Celf-Able Art Group

Thursday 17 May 2018

Guilsfield

Ink Drawing 2 with Sorell Matei

Thursday 17 May 2018

Mid Powys Mind

SafeTALK:Suicide Alertness Course for Everyone

Monday 21 May 2018

Bracken Trust, Llandrindod Wells

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Caersws

Managing Depression Course (3 weeks, Mondays)

Monday 4 June 2018

Presteigne

THRIVE Course (5 weeks, Mondays)

Monday 4 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Newtown

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Machynlleth

Talk by Ted Maidment on the life of Judy Garland

Thursday 14 June 2018

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

Sculpture Workshop 2 with Geraint Edwards

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Thursday 21 June 2018

Guilsfield

Stencil Techniques 1 in Painting with Sorell Matei

Thursday 21 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Caersws

Mental Health First Aid Course (2 days)

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Presteigne

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Machynlleth

Stencil Techniques 2 in Painting with Sorell Matei

Thursday 12 July 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

Sculpture Workshop 3 with Geraint Edwards

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Thursday 19 July 2018

Guilsfield

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Caersws
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