Co-production is an important part of how mental health services are delivered in Powys, and one factor of this is a group of representatives who have either used, or care for somebody who has used, mental health services. These unpaid volunteers sit on regional and national partnership boards, alongside professionals who are involved in the delivery of services. This includes representatives from the Police, Ambulance Service, medical professionals, Powys County Council adult and child social care managers and voluntary groups.
The reps are there to make sure user/carer voice is included in the planning of services and they are always on hand to listen to your experiences and issues so that they can feed this back to the partnership groups. You can contact the reps by emailing the Participation Officer Owen Griffkin on owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk or calling 01597 822191.
Also if you would like to discuss becoming a representative yourself contact Owen for more information.
We will also be holding regular ‘Meet Your Rep’ events all over Powys. This will be an informal drop in session where you can have a chat and a cup of tea with the local rep.
The next date is:
Mid Powys Mind, 12 November - 10.30am - 12.30pm
Rhydian Parry - Individual Representative
My name is Rhydian Parry and I’m service user rep for the partnership board here in Powys. I was diagnosed with bipolar back in 2002 when I was 17 in what was a very serious episode. I have been in hospital due to my condition quite a few times since then and it’s from my experiences in there and in the general ‘system’ that I decided to become a rep. I wanted to try and help change mental health services for the better by bringing my experiences and those of other service users to the table. It’s good to have this opportunity and in the majority I do feel listened to and respected on the board. I think that we are making a difference, although the pace of change can feel a little slow at times.
Sarah Dale - Individual representative
Hello my name is Sarah Dale.
I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), depression and anxiety which lead to me self harming. I fought for years to gain my diagnosis and spent most of them under the care of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and multiple Community Mental Health teams highlighting the disparity of both treatment and attitude between one team to the other.
I became a rep because I don't want others to have to fight for years just to be diagnosed to get the treatment they need. I strongly believe we all have the responsibility to do what we can to change and improve the mental health services that we all use.