Your GP is usually where you will have to start if you are looking for mental health support. The GP can either offer support to you or refer you to Specialist Mental Health Services.
However, if you have previously been a patient with mental health services and have been discharged in the last three years, you have a legal right to ask mental health services to assess you. There is no need to ask your GP to make the referral for you.
Across Powys your GP has access to refer you to either a:
- Primary Care Mental Health Service – offering information and support, counselling, short-term intervention, signposting to voluntary sector, information
- Secondary Mental Health Service – called Community Mental Health Teams. These teams are made up of Psychiatrist, Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs), Support Workers and Social Workers. They can refer you to the Psychological Therapy team.
Welshpool - Bryntirion, Salop Road, Welshpool SY21 7DU. Tel: 01938 555076 / 01938 558969
Newtown – Bro Hafren, Back Lane, Newtown SY16 2NG. Tel: 01686 617300
Llandrindod - The Hazels, Temple Street, Llandrindod LD1 5HF. Tel: 01597 825888
Ystradgynlais, The Larches, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais SA9 1QL. Tel: 01639 849994
Brecon - Ty Illtyd, Bridge Street, Brecon LD3 8AH. Tel: 01874 615050
Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams. 9am - 9pm 7 days a week. North Powys 01686 617 747. South Powys 01874 712 658. Ystradgynlais 01639 683 212.
These teams provide more intensive support and work out-of-hours. These teams are made up of Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs), Support Workers and Social Workers.
You may decide to ask for an emergency GP Appointment.
If you need to see a GP for urgent health care when your usual GP practice is not open, you can contact NHS 111 Wales by dialling 111.
NHS 111 Wales provides 24 hour health information and advice, including access to out of hours GP services (provided by Shropdoc for most of Powys, and provided by Swansea Bay University Health Board in the Ystradgynlais area). NHS 111 Wales also provides useful information online via the NHS Direct Wales website.
You can call 101 or 999, dependent on circumstances, if you believe that someone is in imminent danger or if you believe that police intervention will help prevent a situation escalating. The police can use the Mental Health Act to remove someone that they think is a danger to themselves or others to a place of safety.Places of safety for Powys are Wrexham Hospital in the North, Bronllys Hospital in the Mid & South, and Neath Port Talbot in the Ystradgynlais area. It can take an average of 8.5 hours across the Dyfed-Powys area before aMental Health Act Assessment is arranged. An assessment of this type can lead to involuntary hospital admission and involuntary psychiatric treatment.
Social Services Emergency Duty Team. You can contact this team out of hours on 0845 0544847. You can also contact them if theperson does not want to seek treatment, this contact couldinitiate a Mental Health Act Assessment if you are worried that someone else is a risk to themselves or others through Powys Social Services. Working hours 01597 826 000 or outside of these hours 01597 825 275/0845 0544847. An assessment of this type can lead to involuntary hospital admission and involuntary psychiatric treatment.
Alternatively you can go to the nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E).
C.A.L.L. Helpline(Community Advice & Listening Line). A Helpline that offers free emotional support and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 0800 132 737 or text “help” to 81066.
To talk to someone who is trained to listen, contact the Samaritans on116 123 (free to call). They areopen 24 hours a day.
Admission to Psychiatric Hospital, if beds are available, first access to:
South Powys – Bronllys Hospital.
Ystradgynlais - Neath Port Talbot Hospital.
North Powys – The Redwoods Centre (previouslyShelton Hospital) in Shrewsbury.
If beds are not available people may be admitted to other hospitals across Wales.
Mental Health Services are delivered by Powys Teaching Health Board.