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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.
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
Montgomeryshire CHC and Brecknock and Radnor CHC are looking for your views regarding patients’ experiences of the way the NHS complaints procedure works in Wales. A paper copy of the survey can be obtained by contacting the CHC office in Newtown on 01686 627632, or people can convey their experiences in complete confidence via their email email@example.com. More here. Closes 21st April 2014.
Time to Change Wales is going to be working with S4C to run and promote a week of programmes about mental health in May, to coincide with mental health awareness week.
They’re looking for people with experience of mental health problems who speak Welsh and would like to help out. There’s a variety of activities people can take part in from writing a blog or reviewing a TV programme to doing a voiceover for animation or a TV interview.
There is a really short timescale for this and Time for Change would ideally like to have a list of potential volunteers by 22 April. So please help spread the word ask anyone you know who may like to get involved – friend, family, neighbour, window cleaner….. or maybe just you!
Meet representatives on local and national partnership boards and hear what’s happening locally and nationally with mental health services.
People invited to attend: people in contact with services (“service users and carers”), Social Services and local Health Board staff (including GPs and Primary Care staff), Voluntary Sector support services, Community Mental Health Advocates, Police Support Officers, Fire Service and Wales Ambulance Services.
Venue: The Sun Lounge, The Pavilion, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EY.
Time: 2 - 4pm.
You can find out more here.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01597 822191.
Find out more about the review by the Department of Health and have your say in online survey. More here.
4:30-6:30 pm Welshpool at the Royal Oak Hotel. Looking at the health services provided in Shrewsbury and Telford and Wrekin. More here
PAVO office, Unit 30 Ddole Road, Llandrindod Wells. 24th March 2014, 9.30- 11.30 a.m. with Participation Cymru. More information available 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.
The aim of this study is to understand doctors in Wales' attitudes to self disclosure and their mental health through an anonymous survey. 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.email@example.com 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.
Brecknock and Radnor / Montgomeryshire Community Health Councils, the independent watchdogs for Powys, are seeking patients experiences on the way the NHS complaints procedure works in Wales. We want to listen to people who have made complaints and identify whether their complaints hav