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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:  Ponthafren Centre, Longbridge Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2DY.  e-mail help@rekindle.org.uk or call them on 01686 621266.

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 Email: info@powysmha.org.uk
http://powysmha.org.uk/home.html or write to PMHA at: PO Box 146, Welshpool, SY21 1AZ.

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 Freda on 01597 822191 or email: freda.lacey@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 Stronger in Partnership Network is made up of individuals with lived experience of mental distress and people working in the NHS, council and voluntary agencies.  The aim is to deliver the WAG requirement that people who have used mental health services, and their carers, have the opportunity to be genuinely and constructively involved in the design, planning and delivery of mental health services.e-mail:  freda.lacey@pavo.org.uk or call 01597 822191

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

Institute of Rural Health Promotes and supports the health and wellbeing of people within rural communities. http://www.rural-health.ac.uk/ 01686 629 480
e-mail: info@irh.ac.uk. St David’s House, New Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1RB.

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