Many of us have an interest in mental health for one reason and another. For some this interest comes from personal, lived experience. We may have experienced mental distress ourselves or we may have been close to someone else who has. We may have used or be using mental health services or we may be close to someone else who does. Many of us wish to get involved and share our ideas, skills, knowledge, experience and expertise in the hope that we can make things better.
Here you an find out what opportunities there are for you to use your experience and get your voice heard. If you see an opportunity that interests you but you are not sure about getting involved, feel you need some support or training or have any questions, then please just get in touch with us and we will try and help. If you don’t see an opportunity that you are interested in but have an idea about how you might like to be involved then do please get in touch.
You can email email@example.com or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.
Mind are looking for information about peer support projects for adults in Wales experiencing any form of mental distress/ mental illness/ mental health problems. You can find out more, along with a link to a short survey, here.
Do you use a Powys library to borrow books, attend or arrange events, or use computer services, for example? Powys County Council is consulting about plans to changes its current library services. The consultation is open to individuals and groups, and the deadline for responses is 19 September 2014.
The on-line response form and supporting documents are here.
Jan Rogers, who volunteers with Ponthafren Association, is very involved in helping shape mental health services, and has been significantly focused in helping review the English Mental Health Code of Practice. She has had a unique role, as part of the Expert Reference Group of individuals in contact with services and those close to them ("service users/carers") from all over the UK reviewing the Code, as she was the only person from Wales to be invited. She was chosen for involvement, given her significant experiences in relation to the Mental Health Act (the Code gives guidance to professionals on how to implement the Act), in addition to her cross border experience of being hospitalised in England.
The new/revised Code is now ready for wider, public review, read more here.
The learning from the English Code of Practice review will help inform the current process of reviewing the Welsh Code of Practice. Jan has participated in an initial scoping meeting in Cardiff about the Welsh Code of Practice and the review will start very soon.
If you wish to know more about how to be involved in reviewing the Welsh Mental Health Code of Practice, please contact Freda Lacey by email Freda.Lacey@pavo.org.uk or ring 01597 822191.
The National Assembly for Wales’s Health and Social Care Committee is undertaking post-legislative scrutiny to assess the implementation and operation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, in particular by:
If you would like to respond to this consultation there is further information and a list of questions here.
The closing date for this consultation is Friday 12 September 2014.
Edge Fund support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice and work that aims to create systemic change. Find out more how they might support you to change something for the better here. Closes 8th September 2014
Local residents are to have a say in the punishment of offenders. PCC Christopher Salmon is asking how they’d like offences such as minor criminal damage and low-value theft to be dealt with. The Community Remedy will be introduced across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys this autumn.
Victims will choose a punishment from a list of options. A survey lets you tell Mr Salmon which options should be on that list. He said: “Community Remedy will deliver swift justice and see minor offending nipped in the bud. I urge the public to tell me which punishments should be offered.” Survey www.bit.ly/DPCRsurvey. More about Community Remedy www.bit.ly/1mYaMjW
Participation Cymru has been asked to help facilitate engagement with potential users of a new website called 'Care Wales Online' that is being developed by the Care Council for Wales and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales. We are seeking people who are interested in giving feedback on the website during its development.
Everyone's got's a story what's yours? Have you used any of the Welsh Ambulance Services or NHS Direct Wales? Your story can help us think about the way we work and improve the services we provide for you. More here
The NHS Future Fit programme will focus on the hospital services provided by Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. NHS Future Fit website will host timely information and welcome continual feedback as we work through this process. The team will be consulting with patient representatives and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved with Future Fit. More here.
If you are a someone, or close to someone, that has been in contact with the police, and in particular in relation to anti-social behaviour, you are invited to become a member of a research project reference group (PRG) for Powys and North Wales. More here.
Have you experience of being detained and/or being voluntarily or involuntarily an in-patient on a mental health ward? PAVO is looking for volunteers to help run Powys Patients' Council. The role requires a committment of visiting Felindre Ward, Bronllys Hospital, once a month and a senior management meeting, every two months, with some other ad hoc activities/meetings. Lunch and transport expenses are paid. More here
Are you 18-25 and interested in becoming a mentor or do you work with 18-25 year olds who might be? Fine out more here.
We all need support sometimes. Yet too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation. If the millions of us who have needed benefits share our stories - and those who haven't express their support – then together we can change the debate. Share Your Story and Change The Debate here.
Powys and North Wales Vulnerable people and anti-social behaviour project – what is happening here. Want to find out more or get involved contact Freda.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01597 822 191 and ask for Freda.
Powys teaching Health Board (PtHB) would like to find out what people think of the services provided by mental health resource centres and other mental health charities funded by the Health Board in Powys. If you have used the services of one or more of these organisations, or are a carer of someone who has, there is an online survey you can complete here.
You will need to complete a separate survey for each organisation you wish to give feedback about.
This survey is open all year round.
Diverse Cymru have applied to Comic Relief for funding to employ a BME Mental Health Advocacy worker to work in each of the 7 Health Board areas with the Mental Health Champions. Would you be interested in being part of this unique, dynamic project. Taking part as volunteers, Steering Group members, helping to promote the project, hosting peer advocacy sessions etc? Find out more here.
Are you involved with a mental health peer support group? Mind Cymru is looking for information about peer support groups across Wales - find out more and fill in a short survey.