Archive for February, 2009

Videos for you to think about…

February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

Ground-breaking youth justice schemes get under way

February 15, 2009

Ground-breaking youth justice schemes get under way
29 January 2009
Work begins today in six pilot sites to ensure children and young people with mental health, learning disabilities and other difficulties such as family conflict, homelessness or drug and alcohol misuse get the help they need as soon as they come into contact with the police.

The six Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion schemes are supported by the Department of Health, the Youth Justice Board, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Ministry of Justice and Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. Their aim is not to replace sanctions for serious crimes but to prevent further offending and avoid future harm to victims through tackling at the earliest possible opportunity problems that have led young people to get into trouble.

In each scheme, workers will liaise closely with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service in police custody suites to identify those young people who need additional help. In cases where mental health, learning disabilities or drug and alcohol difficulties are suspected, workers will help these young people and their families get speedy specialist assessments. They will also work hard to get young people and their families into the full range of services they need.

Justice Minister David Hanson MP said: “It is important that vulnerable young people are given support to divert them from offending and to help them lead more successful lives. Effective early action on mental health issues, alongside access to appropriate healthcare provision, can make a huge difference.

“I welcome these pilots which support the approach set out in the Government’s Youth Crime Action Plan to reduce youth offending.”

Minister of State for Care Services Phil Hope said: “We need to prevent young people from drifting into a vicious circle of poor mental health and offending, which we know can happen without appropriate support. These pilots will help identify the benefits of effective early treatment, instead of allowing young people who are often at the early stages of developing mental health difficulties to become criminalised. I’m pleased to support these pilots and I hope they will provide an example for others to follow as quickly as possible.”

Sainsbury Centre chief executive Angela Greatley said: “At the present time too many people in the youth justice system have a range of mental health and other problems. If they do not get the help they need very early on, they risk drifting further into crime, jeopardising their future prospects and causing problems in their schools and in their communities.”


The six Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion schemes are in Halton and Warrington, Cheshire; Kensington and Chelsea, west London; Lewisham, south London; Peterborough; South Tees and Wolverhampton. They will run for two years and will be subject to an independent academic evaluation.

Hmmm…so what is the problem is gettingthis scheme going in Wales, too?

Time to Change campaign

February 15, 2009

Sainsbury Centre welcomes beginning of Time to Change campaign

21 January 2009

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health today welcomed the national launch of the Time to Change campaign, led by the charities Mind and Rethink.

Sainsbury Centre chief executive Angela Greatley said: “Ignorance and prejudice about mental illness have far-reaching consequences. Discrimination, harassment and exclusion have for too long been everyday experiences for people with mental health problems.

“I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief have invested in Time to Change. It gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge the myths about mental illness and to enable those who are affected by it to live their lives free of discrimination.

“The scale of the challenge is immense. Only one person in five with a severe mental illness is in paid employment. And an estimated one million people with depression are out of work, often for a lack of basic support from their GP and their employer. This is a massive waste of potential.

“Time to Change is our best hope of demonstrating that people with mental health problems have as much to contribute to society, and deserve to be treated with as much respect, as anyone else.”

To look at the campaign site please click the following link:

Vocational Rehabilitation

February 15, 2009

Vocational Rehabilitation:
what is it, who can deliver it and who pays?
The Government wants to help millions of people with mental health problems to work, shown by its response to Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of the working population and welfare reform.

Vocational rehabilitation is whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain in work. We need to develop a vocational rehabilitation workforce that is capable of delivering evidence-based services and we need to find the resources to invest in changing the system.

As a contribution to this debate, in 2008 Sainsbury Centre and the College of Occupational Therapists joined forces to host expert roundtable discussions which addressed the thorny, practical issues about vocational rehabilitation – what is it, who can deliver it, who pays? This paper is the result.
(Saved in Reports, under the Pages column on the right.)

‘Supporting Positive Mental Well Being – Everyone’s business’

February 14, 2009

Thursday March 26th 2009
The Conference Centre at Newport YMCA
Mendalgief Road
NP20 2HF
(Free Buffet Lunch Provided)
This event is primarily aimed at individuals in the area of Gwent who suffer from mental distress

Being mentally healthy is about how we – all of us – lead our lives. It’s about how we think and feel and act, our levels of optimism, resilience and confidence, the quality of relationships we have with those around us, our sense of meaning and purpose and our coping strategies at difficult times.
Mental health improvement is not simply about helping us address illness and helping people with mental health problems. It’s about emphasising wellness, and taking a positive approach to building and maintaining good mental health for everybody.
Come and explore some of the key community initiatives that could help to unlock and enhance positive Mental Well Being.
Sessions include:
 Alternative therapies,
 Arts,
 Confidence building techniques,
 Mental Health First Aid,
 Inspirational presentations from individuals about how they were able to improve their mental well-being

Early booking recommended as places are limited and there is no fee to attend. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
To book a place, please call:
Jenny Pearce, Mental Health Development Officer, GAVO Tel: 01291 673728 or
Note: If you or someone you bring has any special requirements e.g. communication or access, please let Jenny know at the time of booking so we can make efforts to accommodate your needs.

C.A.L.L. Free phone Advice and Listening Line

February 14, 2009


C.A.L.L. Free phone Advice and Listening Line:

Support for patients experiencing problems due to the economic downturn 0800 132 737

Concern has been expressed about how some people in Wales are coping with the economic downturn. There are a number of avenues professionals may find helpful to advise their patients to consult. Encouraging people to discuss their anxieties and in some cases take action so that their problems don’t get worse is the first step. Some people will find talking to friends and family is enough support to get through and all they need. Others may need specialist financial advice or want confidential advice outside their own family circle.

In terms of someone to listen confidentially to anxieties and stresses, the Welsh Assembly Government commissioned the free phone 24 hour telephone line some years ago. C.A.L.L. Community Advice and Listening Line is available both by freephone 0800 132 737 or by text – Text Help to 81066

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters such as worries about debt and employment.

NHS Direct Wales is another option to call on 08454647 or online;

The Samaritans also offer a service for those who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair including those that could lead to Suicide. Loss of a job, financial worries or stress and anxiety are common reasons people call them. They are also available 24 hours a day on 08457909090 or by email and further information about Samaritans is available on the website

Alcohol and drugs
For those requiring further information and/or help relating to drugs and/or alcohol, the 24/7 Wales Drug and Alcohol helpline (DAN) can be contacted on 0800 6335588. Further information about DAN is available on the website

Financial Advice
In terms of specific financial advice there are 3000 Citizens Advice Bureaus established across the UK contacting them and discussing the specific issues may be of assistance. The local offices contact details will be in the telephone book or are available online :

Information on support available for individuals, employers and communities is available in one place on the Welsh Assembly Government website. All of this information and more is available on the Assembly website at

Yours sincerely



From the
Chief Medical Officer, Chief Dental Officer, Chief Pharmaceutical Advisor and Chief Nursing Officer

Welsh Assembly Government Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru
Cathays Park Parc Cathays
Cardiff Caerdydd
CF10 3NQ CF10 3NQ

Further enquiries should be made to
Dr Sarah Watkins
Senior Medical Officer
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Tel: 029 20 801290
Fax: 029 20825175

Requests for further copies of this letter or a Welsh translation should be addressed to:

DPHHP, Business Unit
Welsh Assembly Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NQ

© Crown copyright 2008
This circular may be freely reproduced by all those to whom it has been addressed.


February 14, 2009



We have arranged seven Focus Groups across Wales, one in each of the proposed new Health Board areas, to consider and discuss the central issues in this research project. These are:

Your Current Experience of Involvement at both a local and national level
A proposal for a “National Mechanism” to strengthen the voice of service users and carers in Wales, and how this could function
Involving All, how to ensure that service users and carers can be heard irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, experience of illness and location

Our aim is to have around 12 people, including service users, carers and workers promoting involvement, at each Focus Group so places are limited. The Focus Groups will meet for around two hours, with coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival. The specific start times for morning and afternoon groups are indicated on the booking form which follows on the next page.

Final details, including the venue, will be sent to those attending before their Focus Group. There is no charge for attending the Focus Groups and we are able to pay reasonable expenses and costs incurred by service users and carers who are unwaged.

For further information, please telephone Steven John at Mind Cymru (02920 346578), or Phil Thomas or Karl Meyers at Hafal (01792 816600).



Please request one form per person, and details of each event. Decide which you wish to attend, and return by email/post by 26th February 2009 to:
MIND cymru,
Quebec House (3rd floor)
Cowbridge Road East