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You can access information about getting help from mental health services in Powys here. 

You can access information about how to get help urgently here.

You can search for Voluntary Sector services on Powys Info-Engine, you can access this here.

You can access information about workplace support here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about Powys Mental Health Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about family and friends support from Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about money advice and support from Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

Other PAVO* Networks providing information

PAVO Health and Social Care Network
This network provides a means for voluntary sector organisations and community groups to be better informed and play a more active role in the decision making processes around Health and Social Care in Powys. 

It publishes regular health and social care updates about activities, events and issues across Powys.

PAVO Children & Families Network
This network connects third sector organisations with each other, makes links with strategic planning and processes of Children & Young People's Partnership.

It publishes regular updates about activities, events and issues related to children, young people and families across Powys.

*Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations

Powys Mental Health Voluntary Organisations

Montgomeryshire

Ponthafren Association
A member led mental health charity for people who experience mental health issues, those who are socially isolated or excluded, or those who may just wish to make new friends or gain new skills. The Association offers a person centred approach to recovery. Activities are provided in response to requests from the membership and can vary from taster sessions in Life Skills, such as for example Anger Management, Confidence Building & Communication Skills, to more artistic classes, art classes, pottery, craft & Drypoint Print Making.  They also provide access to person centred counselling.  Find out more abut their services (Newtown, Welshpool and Llanidloes) and activities at www.ponthafren.org.uk.

  • Newtown:  Ponthafren Centre, Longbridge Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2DY.  e-mail admin@ponthafren.org.uk or call them on 01686 621 586
  • Welshpool Outreach Centre address:  42 Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7RR Call the on 01938 552 770 or email welshpool.outreach@virginmedia.com 
  • Rekindle Small Steps Project works with younger people aged 16 to 25 to offer early intervention for those at risk of mental health problems or those already suffering mental distress such as depression, anxiety or who are self-harming. www.rekindle.org.uk. Newtown:  11 - 12 Market Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2PQ.  email help@rekindle.org.uk or call them on 01686 722222.

Mind Aberystwyth (formerly named US Mach)provide a service in Machynlleth promoting good mental health and well-being. The service will be called Bro Ddyfi Mind and will serve residents of the Ddyfi Valley. You can contact them on 01970 626225.

Radnorshire

Mid Powys Mind
Mid Powys Mind is a local charity, running services in Radnorshire and North Brecknock that offers advice and support to those who may have mental distress, their carers and their families. Runs outreach services in Builth Wells, Knighton, Rhayader,and Presteigne.  Offers counselling, self-help, activities, health and well being services.  They also run an Arts Café in the town centre. 
You can find out more about the One-to-One Recovery Support Service here.

Telephone Mid Powys Mind on 01597 824 411 or 01597 824 916 or e-mail info@midpowysmind.org.uk.  You can find out more about Mid Powys Mind at http://www.midpowysmind.org.uk/.  Crescent Chambers, South Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5DH.

The Rethink Borders group - for carers' of people with severe mental illness diagnosis.  Meets monthly, usually on the 1st Monday of the month at 2.30, usually in Llandrindod Wells. We vary both the meeting place and the time / date depending on who is coming. This cuts down on the distances and costs. We are a self help group for carers who share ideas and expertise and support each other. 

Kate van den Ende 01544 267227 katevandenende@btinternet.com.
Ruth Rayner 01544 260224 presteigne@btinternet.com

Brecknockshire

Brecon and District Mind
Supports people in the community affected by mental illness and distress.  We welcome anyone during ‘open door’ sessions or by appointment. We offer a wide range of healthy activities, courses and workshops designed to support and empower people experiencing mental distress to move towards recovery. Outreach services in Talgarth, Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell.
http://www.breconmind.org.uk/ 
St David's House, 48 Free Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 7BP. Tel:  01874 611529  Email info@breconmind.org.uk.

Ystradgynlais Mind
Ystradgynlais Mind works to improve the life of people affected by mental distress - this includes the people themselves, as well as carers, family, friends and supporters - based on the 'Wellbeing' framework.
www.minditv.org.uk
01639 841 345 e-mail: info@minditv.org.uk
18 Heol Eglwys, Ystradgynlais, Swansea SA9 1EY

Take pART
Take pART is the Community Art Workshop for people living in the town of Brecon and its surrounding area.
Unit 28, Ffrwdgrech Industrial, Brecon, LD3 8LA
e-mail: info@takepart.plus.com
Pat Cook 07970 042 493.  Dee Perkins 01874 711 544

Powys wide

Powys Mental Health Information Service
The service is there help you try and find the information you need.  For example:

  • mental health services in your area
  • events, training and courses
  • voluntary sector opportunities and support
  • local and national mental health news
  • ... These are just examples, we will try to get you the information you need and if we don’t know then we will do our best to find out.

You can find out more about this service here. Or call us on 01686 628 300 or email on pamhinfo@pavo.org.uk.

Powys Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) "We believe the collective voice of individuals has the power to improve the world of mental health." Powys Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) is an independent charity run solely by volunteers. Their aim is to ensure that individuals across Powys who have experienced mental distress, and those around them, have the opportunity for their voice to be heard.
Tel:  07926 862 414 or email: info@powysmha.org.uk You can write to PMHA at: PO Box 146, Welshpool, SY21 1AZ.
Read the PMHA magazine Headspace online. 

Powys Patients' Council
Advocates on behalf of patients on psychiatric wards.  It does not take up personal advocacy. The council is an open forum for patients to discuss issues that concern them about their stay in hospital and their aftercare. Call Jane Cooke on 01597 822191 or email: jane.cooke@pavo.org.uk

Powys Independent Mental Heath Advocacy Service
Advocacy in Powys provides a free, confidential and independent advocacy service for people with mental health difficulties.  It will help you to make sure that your voice is heard in whatever context is appropriate for you, offering support at informal or formal meetings, hearings, assessments, and reviews. Advocates are also trained as Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs)  to support people who lack the capacity to make certain decisions, according to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  This service is managed by Powys Community Health Council (CHC) and is based at offices in Brecon & Newtown.  The CHC is independent of the NHS and exists to help, support and represent patients and the public to the NHS.
You can find out more here.
Powys CHC - Brecon office
01874 624 206     
2 The Struet, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LH
Powys CHC - Newtown office
01686 627 632      
Ladywell House, Newtown, Powys SY16 1JB
You can download a  British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) guide to Mental Health Advocacy & Human Rights here.

Independent advocacy for older people - Age Cymru in Powys
This is a Powys-wide service for people aged 60+ who need help or assistance. Age Cymru can arrange to visit you in your own home, hospital or care/residential home. It is a free and confidential service.
01982 551918
advocacy@acpowys.org.uk

Powys Carers Service

Provides services to carers of all ages throughout the County.  Provides feedback to health & social services Carers’ views and suggestions of the Services Carers need and want to help them to continue to care for their loved ones and as individuals. Outreach support throughout county includes Brecon Mental Health Carers Support Group. http://powyscarers.org.uk/
email: info@powyscarers.org.uk 01597 823800
1st Floor, Old Town Hall, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL

Gwalia Care & Support
Provide advice and support for mental health and housing needs in partnership with Mid Wales Housing Association Ltd.  Self referral or by keyworkers at Community Mental Health Teams and other agencies.
http://www.gwaliacareandsupport.com
01597 829 373
e-mail: bethan.collier@gwalia.com
Lantfield, Lant Avenue, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EL

Radnorshire Healthy Friendships
Aim to support people who experience mental health distress live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. New members and volunteers are welcome. Now covers Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. www.radnorshirehealthyfriendships.org  Tel 01686 626221
e-mail:  info@radnorshirehealthyfriendships.org
18 Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NA.

Hafal Powys Seibiant Family Support Service Supporting carers of people with a mental illness diagnosis in Powys.  More at http://powysmentalhealth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/introducing-tim-skelcher-of-hafal.html. Tel:  07875 373525.  Email: powys@hafal.org.  Hafal website at http://www.hafal.org/hafal/index.php and their Powys page at http://www.hafal.org/hafal/powys.php

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latest news

Y Hafan – new female mental health service in Welshpool

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Phoenix House, a private mental health hospital in Welshpool, now provides specialist mental health services for women in a complementary new female annex.

events

Jam Session

Monday 31 August 2015

Ponthafren

Tea, Chat & Activities in Brecon (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Dementia Friendly Event

What's on your Plate?

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Training Course in Brecon

Understanding dementia: a Welsh perspective

Thursday 3 September 2015

An opportunity to find out more about current and developing dementia services across Wales.

All Wales Mindfulness Practitioners Network Day

Thursday 3 September 2015

Cardiff

Cook and Share Lunch

Thursday 3 September 2015

Builth Wells Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Drugs & Alcohol Today London 2015

Thursday 3 September 2015

An event to investigate the impact of drugs and alcohol on mental health

Life Story Work Dementia Training

Thursday 3 September 2015

Brecon

Art Group (every Thursday)

Thursday 3 September 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Cook and Share Lunch

Friday 4 September 2015

Knighton Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Friday 4 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Alzheimer's Society - Memory Walk

Sunday 6 September 2015

Tredegar

Tai Chi Classes (every Monday)

Monday 7 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Walking for Health Group

Monday 7 September 2015

Mid Powys Mind

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 7 September 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

CAMAD Pathways Project drop-in sessions (every Monday)

Monday 7 September 2015

Machynlleth

Knit & Natter (every Monday)

Monday 7 September 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Brecon Singing for Life (every Monday)

Monday 7 September 2015

A music session for people with dementia/memory loss and their carers

Music & Memories in Machynlleth (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Alzheimer's Society Event

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Critical Mental Health Nurses' Network Event

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Birmingham City University

Colour Therapy Talk

Thursday 10 September 2015

Builth Wells Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Training

Thursday 10 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells (half day course)

Cross Stitch Sampler

Friday 11 September 2015

Knighton Community Group ( Mid Powys Mind)

Mid Powys Mind - Annual General Meeting

Monday 14 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

What's on your Plate?

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Legal Update

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Annual Refresher - Newtown

Decoupage

Thursday 17 September 2015

Builth Wells Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Thursday 17 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Character Hats? Hats with Character!

Friday 18 September 2015

Knighton Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

More Harm Than Good:Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic

Friday 18 September 2015

Conference in London

Hate Crime Awareness Training

Monday 21 September 2015

Two FREE training sessions in Llandrindod Wells

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Appropriate Adult Training

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Half day course in Newtown

Foraging in the Elan Valley

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Mid Powys Mind event

Talk on Foraging for Fungi and the benefits

Thursday 24 September 2015

Builth Wells Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Life Story Work Dementia Training

Thursday 24 September 2015

Newtown

Adult Protection Financial Abuse Awareness Course

Thursday 24 September 2015

Brecon

Flower Arranging & Programme Planning

Friday 25 September 2015

Knighton Community Group (Mid Powys Mind)

Pilates Taster Session

Monday 28 September 2015

Brecon

Zumba Gold Taster Session

Monday 28 September 2015

Brecon

Memories & Music in Bronllys

Monday 28 September 2015

A memories and music session for people with dementia / memory loss and their carers

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Bushcraft in the Elan Valley

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Mid Powys Mind event

Children Who Self Harm

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Course in Brecon

Art Group (every Thursday)

Thursday 1 October 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Tai Chi Classes (every Monday)

Monday 5 October 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Walking for Health Group

Monday 5 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Jam Session

Monday 5 October 2015

Ponthafren

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 5 October 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

CAMAD Pathways Project drop-in-sessions (every Monday)

Monday 5 October 2015

Machynlleth

Knit & Natter (every Monday)

Monday 5 October 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

What's on your Plate?

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (half day)

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Creative Steps to Building Self-Confidence Course (5 weeks)

Friday 9 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind Event

Music & Memories in Bronllys

Monday 12 October 2015

A memories and music session for people with dementia / memory loss and their carers

Having a Laugh - Comedy Worshop

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind Event

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Music & Memories in Machynlleth (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Alzheimer's Society Event

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Brecon

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Newtown

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (half day)

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Having a Laugh - Comedy Workshop

Thursday 15 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind Event in Builth Wells

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Thursday 15 October 2015

Newtown

Having a Laugh - Comedy Worskhop

Friday 16 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind Event in Knighton

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

What's on your Plate?

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (half day)

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

'Legal Highs' or New Psychoactive Substance (NPS)

Friday 23 October 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 2 November 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Legal Update

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Annual Refresher - Llandrindod Wells

Music & Memories in Machynlleth

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Alzheimer's Society Event

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Naloxone & Overdose Awareness

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Introduction to Safer Injecting and Needle Exchange

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Music & Memories in Machynlleth

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Alzheimer's Society Event

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Welshpool

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Awareness

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Training in Brecon

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health First Aid (Children & Young People)

Monday 16 November 2015

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells (day 1)

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Monday 16 November 2015

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 1)

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid (Children & Young People)

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells (day 2)

Music & Memories in Machynlleth

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Alzheimer's Society Event

Powys Annual Tobacco Control Conference 2015

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 2)

Substance Misuse in Older People

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Training Course in Newtown

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Training Course in Newtown