Help and Support Available

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(at)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(at)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.

CAMAD Pathways Project (Machynlleth) is a drop-in service for anyone living with mental health issues - from generalized depressive conditions to anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders to addictions.  Running on Mondays and Thursdays between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm. There is a small comfortable lounge area and communal kitchen where there is freedom to talk openly about the things that matter to you. Soft music plays, there's always tea and biscuits and in the kitchen informal activities including art and music.  A link to their website can be found here or you can contact them by phone 01654 700071 or email here

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(at)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(at)btinternet.com.
Ruth Rayner 01547 529988 presteigne(at)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(at)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(at)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(at)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(at)pavo.org.uk.

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(at)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(at)acpowys.org.uk

Credu - Connecting Carers (previously Powys Carers)
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.
email: info(at)credu.cumru 01597 823800
Marlow, South Crescent, 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.
01597 829 373
email: bethan.collier(at)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.
Tel 01686 626221
email: info(at)radnorshirehealthyfriendships.org
18 Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NA.

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latest news

Powys Substance Misuse Bursary Scheme 2016-17

12 September 2016

The Substance Misuse Training Bursary Scheme has funds available for the workforce of Powys who currently work within the field of substance misuse.

events

Basic Computing Course - EVERY MON

Monday 3 October 2016

Ponthafren Association, Newtown

Stress & Anxiety Management Course - 3 x weekly

Monday 3 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind - Knighton

Anger Management Course

Monday 3 October 2016

Ponthafren Association, Newtown

Walking for Health Group

Monday 3 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Appropriate Adult Training

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Newtown

Walk & Talk - Tues afternoons

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Bilingualism at Work Course, Carmarthen

Wednesday 5 October 2016

FREE Training for third sector organisations on developing bilingual services

T'ai Chi - 10 week course - EVERY WED

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

Assertiveness & Positivity Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Men's Sheds - Thurs afternoons

Thursday 6 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Dementia Event - Machynlleth

Thursday 6 October 2016

Ageing Well in Wales Project

Dementia Support Group - EVERY THURS

Thursday 6 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Catch up with a Cuppa - Thurs afternoons

Thursday 6 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Builth Outreach (Mid Powys Mind) - EVERY THURS

Thursday 6 October 2016

Various Activities

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 6 October 2016

Welshpool

ACTivate Your Life (4 weekly classes) - Ystradgynlais

Thursday 6 October 2016

Powys Teaching Health Board

Coffee Moaning! (Ystradgynlais)

Friday 7 October 2016

An opportunity for people to get together and offer constructive criticism about mental health services in Powys

Alzheimer's Charity Evening in Newtown

Friday 7 October 2016

Hog Roast and Entertainment from Dai Robs

Art for Wellbeing

Friday 7 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Food & Mood - workshop for 6 weeks

Friday 7 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Employers Breakfast Event

Monday 10 October 2016

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Day - Brecon & District Mind

Impact Report Launch - World Mental Health Day 2016

Monday 10 October 2016

Samaritans Cymru Event in Cardiff

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

CFW Health and Wellbeing at Work Event in Cardiff

Thursday 13 October 2016

Promoting positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace

Lighthouse Healthcare Annual Conference, Crewe

Thursday 13 October 2016

Pathways for Women with Complex Needs

Peerfest 2016 - Shoreditch, London

Thursday 13 October 2016

An annual celebration of peer support practice in England & Wales

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 14 October 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Embracing Individuality - Mid Powys Mind

Friday 14 October 2016

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training (Newtown)

Monday 17 October 2016

A course to help you understand the recent changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Mindfulness Course - 10 weeks - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Bipolar Group

Monday 24 October 2016

Brecon & District Mind

Depression Busting - 6 week course at Glyneath Training Centre

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course - 10 weeks - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Brecon - 3 days

Tackling Ageism Training & Awareness Raising Session

Wednesday 2 November 2016

A free workshop in Builth Wells from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Anger Management Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Chy-Sawel Project - Conference, Exeter

Friday 4 November 2016

Today’s Mental Health Crisis – The Time For Change!

Walking for Health Group

Monday 7 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

PAVO AGM

Tuesday 8 November 2016

PAVO 2016 Conference and AGM

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Welshpool - 3 days

Embracing Individuality - Mid Powys Mind

Friday 11 November 2016

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be

Montgomeryshire Local Committee Meeting - Newtown

Monday 14 November 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Powys Wellbeing of Future Generations Event

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Stakeholder Days 15th & 16th November

THRIVE - Recovery & Self-Management Course - 5 x weekly

Thursday 17 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 18 November 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Executive Committee Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Stress & Anxiety Management Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Friday 25 November 2016

Brecon

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 5 December 2016

A free training session in Llandrindod Wells

Walking for Health Group

Monday 5 December 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health Awareness Course

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Public Services working in partnership for better health and wellbeing

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Seminar in Cardiff

Full Council Meeting - Community Health Council

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 12 January 2017

Welshpool

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Brecon - 3 days

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) Legal Update

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Annual Refresher Training in Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 11 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Welshpool - 3 days

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 18 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Appropriate Adult Training

Monday 20 February 2017

Brecon

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 6 March 2017

A free training session in Newtown

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 16 March 2017

Welshpool

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine
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