Ymddiheurwn nad yw rhai tudalennau o’r wefan Gymraeg wedi eu cwblhau eto. Mae’r rhain yn cael eu hadeiladu ar hyn o bryd a byddant yn fyw yn fuan iawn.
We apologise that some pages of the Welsh site are not yet complete. These are currently under construction and will be live very soon.

Ymddiheurwn nad yw rhai tudalennau o’r wefan Gymraeg wedi eu cwblhau eto. Mae’r rhain yn cael eu hadeiladu ar hyn o bryd a byddant yn fyw yn fuan iawn.
We apologise that some pages of the Welsh site are not yet complete. These are currently under construction and will be live very soon.

Have your say

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 can 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 owen.griffkin@pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01597 822191.

Mental Health Specialised Services Strategy 2022-2028 consultation

This consultation represents the first step in realising an ambitious whole person approach to commissioning specialised Mental Health services on behalf of the seven Health boards for Wales.

To date the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee has worked with clinicians, managers and third sector representatives, through a number of different working groups to develop what they hope is a comprehensive understanding of the services provided to patients and to describe the opportunities for strengthening the quality of care in the future. They are extremely grateful to them for their enthusiasm, hard work and conscientious approach. This work has now been captured in the draft strategy document –  MH Strategy – Summary – SPECIALISED SERVICES STRATEGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH

This document is now being circulated to a wider group of stakeholders to gather their feedback on the work to date and to strengthen understanding of what is needed to commission services of the very highest quality for our population in Wales. You can complete a survey which is being used to collect feedback between the 30th May and 22nd July 2022 – MH Strategy – Stakeholder Survey

Should you wish a more in-depth discussion, you can email: Emma.King2@wales.nhs.uk

Individual Carer Rep Vacancy on Mental Health Regional Planning & Development Partnership / Cyfleoedd: Cynrychiolydd Gofalwyr Unigol ar Bartneriaeth Cynllunio a Datblygu Iechyd Meddwl Rhanbarthol

The Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership is recruiting for a new Mental Health Carer Representative to help shape Mental Health services in Powys at a strategic level. The partnership is responsible for overseeing how the Welsh Government’s Together for Mental Health strategy is delivered in Powys and consists of all organisations involved in this delivery. ( E.g. Powys County Council, Powys Teaching Health Board, Dyfed-Powys Police). As an equal member of the partnership board you will help ensure that service users and carers have their voice heard in the decision making process around mental health provision in the county .
There are 4 partnership meetings each year, and there are other opportunities to take part in further sub-groups looking at specific areas of services. You would also gather views and experiences of other carers and service users at meetings so that you are actively representing the views of people from around Powys. This would be supported and facilitated by PAVO.
If you would like to know more please contact Owen Griffkin at PAVO by email owen.griffkin@pavo.org.uk

Mae Partneriaeth a Datblygu Iechyd Meddwl Powys yn recriwtio Cynrychiolydd newydd ar gyfer Gofalwyr Iechyd Meddwl i helpu siapio gwasanaethau Iechyd Meddwl ym Mhowys ar lefel strategol.
Mae’r bartneriaeth yn gyfrifol am oruchwylio cyflenwi Strategaeth Law yn Llaw at Iechyd Meddwl Llywodraeth Cymru ym Mhowys ac mae’n cynnwys yr holl sefydliadau sy’n rhan o hyn: (e.e. Cyngor Sir Powys, Bwrdd Iechyd Addysgu Powys, Heddlu Dyfed-Powys). Fel aelod cydradd o’r bwrdd partneriaeth, byddwch yn helpu sicrhau y caiff lleisiau defnyddwyr y gwasanaethau a gofalwyr eu clywed yn ystod y broses o wneud penderfyniadau am ddarparu gwasanaethau iechyd meddwl yn y sir.
Cynhelir 4 cyfarfod o’r bartneriaeth yn flynyddol, a bydd cyfleoedd i gymryd rhan mewn is-grwpiau eraill sy’n ystyried meysydd gwasanaeth penodol. Byddech hefyd yn casglu sylwadau a phrofiadau gofalwyr a defnyddwyr gwasanaethau eraill mewn cyfarfodydd, er mwyn cynrychioli barn pobl ledled y sir. PAVO fydd yn cefnogi ac yn hwyluso’r cynrychiolydd.
Os hoffwch wybod mwy, cysylltwch ag Owen Griffkin o PAVO dros ebost: owen.griffkin@pavo.org.uk

LGBTQ+ Substance use & treatment experiences survey

The University of South Wales wants to find out more about the experiences of LGBTQ+ groups in relation to their alcohol and drug use. The survey also aims to find out about treatment experiences and whether there is an underrepresentation of LGBTQ+ groups within treatment services, and if so, why this might be. Survey here.


Consultation - Trauma-Informed Wales: A Societal Approach to understanding, preventing and supporting the impacts of Trauma and Adversity

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Support Hub and Traumatic Stress Wales have collaborated on the co-production of a National Trauma Practice Framework for Wales that covers all age groups and all forms of adversity and traumatic events. This framework is now out to public consultation here. Closing date: 17 June 2022.


Consultation on the mental health workforce plan for health and social care

Social Care Wales are currently consulting on the key actions which will form the foundations of the multi-professional mental health workforce plan for health and social care in Wales and would value your input. More here.

Well-Being survey Public notice

The Welsh Language Commissioner would like to hear about your experiences of having meetings dealing with well-being with your local County Council. More here.

‘Triple barrier’ of mental health inequality: Senedd Health Committee launches inquiry

The inquiry will concentrate on the experiences of people who are disproportionately affected by poor mental health in Wales and look at what barriers exist to accessing mental health services. The call for written evidence will close on Thursday 25 February 2022.

Do you work from home?

Loughborough University wants to talk to Disabled people who work remotely / from home to find out more about their experiences. More here.

NHS Wales App – your views

Can you help shape the development of the new Wales NHS app which will give people in Wales access to health and care services through their smartphones and tablets? More here.

Young people mental health support survey

Rhun ap Iorwerth, Member of the Senedd, has launched a bilingual survey asking young people in Wales to share their experience of accessing mental health services. Survey HERE.

Wales Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum - Formal Consultation - Guidance on Best Practice in Service User and Carer Engagement

The Wales Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum have been commissioned by Welsh Government to develop National Guidance and lay out recommendations for best practice in co-production. We are pleased to confirm that the Guidance document is now open for formal consultation, which will run until the 31st January 2022. More info here.

Samaritans Policy, Partnerships and Research Committee Lived Experience Member required

The Samaritans are looking for someone with lived experience of suicide, self-harm, or of using their services to join their Policy, Partnerships and Research Committee (PPRC). PPRC is a sub-committee of the Samaritans Board, which helps to ensure that their public policy positions are right for their organisation, that they have a high-quality programme of research, and that their national partnerships are strategically focused. More here.

UK Bereavement Commission: Call for Evidence

The UK Bereavement Commission is looking for experiences of grief to help improve the bereavement support available to people across the country.

The survey is open to those over 18 who’ve been bereaved in the last 5 years, including to those who’ve been bereaved as a result of, or during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We really want people from Wales to take part to ensure all areas of the UK are being represented. If you feel able to share your story and take part, you can respond in English or in Welsh following this link: https://bereavementcommission.org.uk/taking-part/

Research into stays in psychiatric hospital

Have you been admitted to an adult Psychiatric Hospital in the last 5 years? Do you want to share your experiences and have your voice heard? Georgina Rose is conducting research into people’s experiences of staying in a psychiatric ward. More here.

The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital community events

The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital (SaTH) provides many health services for residents in North Powys. If you would like to find out more about the trust’s services, and perhap give feedback about services you have received, you can do so at a number of upcoming online events, including the monthly Community Cascade delivered by a senior manager, and the Community Drop-ins hosted by the Community Engagement team. Find out more and book your place here.

Welsh Ambulance Service's new People & Community Network

Members of the Welsh Ambulance Service’s People and Community Network can attend meetings, take surveys and share their own experience at the hands of the ambulance service in order to shape the way services are delivered. More here.

Helping End Homelessness in Powys survey

Since March 2020, almost 1000 people have registered as homeless in Powys. Have your say and help shape initiatives to prevent homelessness in Powys in the future. Survey here.

Representatives required for The Partnership Forum for Older People - Powys

The Partnership Forum for Older People in Powys is currently recruiting up to 5 older people / service user representatives to join the Forum to contribute to all issues affecting older people such as housing, transport, leisure, health and community issues. More here.

Two new service user

The Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership is looking for two new service user/carer representatives to join as board members to help plan and deliver mental health services in Powys – more details here or email owen.griffkin@pavo.org.uk

Impact of Covid-19 on people with eating disorders / difficulties

This is a survey to establish how individuals with eating difficulties/disorders have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This is a survey for those who are residing in the UK and accessing support for any eating difficulties / disorders. Three charities are working in partnership to undertake this survey which should be completed in around 15 minutes. Survey here.

Wales Violence Prevention Unit - domestic abuse survey

The Wales Violence Prevention Unit and University of Exeter are investigating the experiences and behaviours of those in Wales who witness, or have concerns about, domestic violence and abuse and its warning signs during COVID-19. Survey here.

What do you think of Mid & North Powys Mind's services?

Fill out a survey about Mid & North Powys Mind’s services, suggest how they can improve, and tell them what your experience with the charity has been like.

Mid & North Powys Mind survey

Mental health & wellbeing survey from The Game Change Project

The Game Change Project in Newtown wants to learn local people’s views on what helps them maintain good mental health and well-being so that they can plan the future direction of their work. The surveys are completely anonymous and only take a few minutes (6 questions in all).

Survey for young people

Survey for everyone else

The future of unpaid carers

This study from Cardiff University researchers will look at the experiences and support needs of carers in Wales, as well as the impact of Covid-19. The research is an opportunity for carers to have their voice heard by people who plan services and policies that relate to carers in Wales. Survey here.

Prime Centre Wales research on primary and emergency care

SUPER are recruiting new members. SUPER is a group of public members and patients who work with PRIME Centre Wales on research about primary and emergency care. SUPER stands for Service Users for Primary and Emergency care Research. PRIME Centre Wales is a collaboration of researchers from four universities, undertaking internationally relevant research to benefit patient care.

For further information please email : Bridie Evans, b.a.evans@swansea.ac.uk

Hafal asks - what needs to change in mental health services in Wales?

The national mental health charity Hafal asks you to complete this new survey – what needs to change in mental health services in Wales since the Covid-19 pandemic:

English: https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R7RRSWY

Experts by Experience wanted for Powys Regional Partnership Board

Do you want to make a difference and play a key part in helping make decisions about Health and Social Care Services in Powys? Do you use local (Powys) health or social care services and/or have you/do you care for someone who has needed services? Find out more about how to volunteer as a Citizen rep on this Board.

Perinatal Mental Health Service Database

If you have had experience of perinatal mental illness either as a patient, parent, family member, carer or friend and would like to participate in shaping the Perinatal Mental Health Service in Wales please complete this survey.