Archive for the ‘Carer’s Issues’ Category

Shattering the silence, breaking the stigma.

June 18, 2010

Can you imagine if only one out of every three of your friends sought help for a broken arm?

Well nearly two thirds of all people with a diagnosable mental disorder do not seek treatment…

Why is this? The stigma surrounding the subject of mental health has a large part to play in keeping many people from seeking the help they need. The negativity and misunderstanding that surrounds mental illnesses can create fear and cause shame, which in turn causes unnecessary pain and confusion.

This extract is from the website of Shatter the Stigma and you may well find it to be interesting on a range of mental health issues.

Click on this link to reach the  website:


Independent Living NOW!

June 18, 2010

The Independent Living NOW! Campaign will run from April 2010 to March 2011 and provides an opportunity for all disabled people in Wales to make their voices heard ahead of the 2011 Welsh Assembly elections.The campaign was launched on 28 April 2010 at Future Inns, Cardiff Bay and has six main strategic aims:

· to raise awareness and understanding of what Independent Living means for disabled people in Wales

· to call for a National Strategy for Independent Living

to develop a Manifesto for Independent Living throughout the campaign to influence policy makers

· to collect disabled people’s stories to establish an evidence base for Independent Living in Wales

· to develop a stronger coalition of disabled people’s organisations and disability activists

· to develop stronger links to the wider Independent Living movement

The first ILN! Campaign Briefing was held in Porthmadog on 26 May 2010. Organised in partnership with Arfon Access Group and CIL De Gwynedd, who hosted the event, over 30 people attended the briefing and contributed their ideas to the development of our Manifesto for Independent Living.The next ILN! Campaign Briefing will be in Powys on 7 July. This event is being organised in partnership with Disability Powys and Dewis CIL. A flyer for the event can be accessed here.

Facebook group

 Please bookmark this page and keep visiting for updates on the campaign.

IL NOW Campaign logo

Inquiry into disability related harassment

June 18, 2010

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes


The Commission is undertaking an inquiry into disability-related harassment and how well this is currently being addressed by public authorities. We want to hear from anyone who has been harassed and from organisations that work for/with them, including voluntary and community sector organisations, public authorities (such as local councils, police, housing, social services and education) and public transport operators.

“There can be no more important human right than to live life in safety and with security. Its absence prevents us from living our lives to the full. And, for some, its absence has led to the loss of life itself. For many disabled people in Britain safety and security is a right frequently denied.”

Trevor Phillips – Promoting the safety and security of disabled people 2009

Watch this clip that explains some of the issues relating to this inquiry.


On 3 December 2009, International Day of Disabled People, the Commission announced its intention to conduct a formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes.

The Commission’s Inquiry powers enable us to compel evidence, call witnesses and make recommendations against which we expect action to follow. Because this is a formal Inquiry under the Equality Act, the law says we have to have terms of reference.

The terms of reference tell us what the Inquiry is allowed to hear evidence about so it is important we get them right. We consulted with disabled people and other stakeholders on the terms of reference for the Inquiry and, following an analysis of the responses, published the final terms of reference online.

Now that we have published the final terms of reference, we can begin taking evidence. If you have been harassed because of your disability, or someone close to you has been affected, we want to hear about your experience. If your organisation works for people who are Deaf or disabled, including those with mental health conditions, or supports people who have been victim of harassment, we’d also like to hear from you.

Disability Wales Independent Living Campaign

June 7, 2010


 Disability Wales Independent Living NOW! Campaign

 Mid Wales Campaign Briefing – a free event  

Wednesday 7th July 12.30pm – 3.30pm,

 starting with lunch

Llandewi Village Hall, Llandewi Ystradenni, Powys LD1 6SF

‘Independent Living enables us as disabled people to achieve our own goals and live our own lives in the way that we choose for ourselves’ (DW 2009)

 Disability Wales in partnership with Disability Powys and Dewis Centre for Independent Living invite disabled people & local organisations to attend a half day event to find out more about the Independent Living NOW! Campaign and how you can get involved.

The campaign was launched in Cardiff Bay on 28 April 2010 and will run through to March 2011. The campaign provides an opportunity for all disabled people in Wales to make their voices heard ahead of the next National Assembly Elections in May 2011. The campaign is calling for  the introduction of a National Strategy on Independent Living. An online petition has been started to support this on the National Assembly for Wales website. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!!

 During the campaign we are gathering disabled people’s experiences of Independent Living – both good and bad. Do you have experiences that you would like to share? Whether it relates to housing, transport, personal assistance, community care, employment, aids & equipment, advocacy…we are keen to listen and utilise your experiences to influence change in Wales.

For further information and to book a place please contact:

Disability Wales, Bridge House, Caerphilly Business Park, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3GW  Tel: 02920 887325  Email:


Islamic Social Services Association

June 3, 2010

Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) Wales is a voluntary organisation which provides a number of services including counselling, befriending, advocacy and chaplaincy.

ISSA WALES will be hosting their first annual conference on Tuesday 29th June 2010, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm at Future Inn, Cardiff Bay. The title is
‘Islam, Muslims & Mental Health’.

I hope you will be able to join us. Please pass this message on to your contacts.

Yours Sincerely
Ameira Bahadur
Project Worker
62 Whitchurch Road,
CF14 3LX
Telephone: 02920 345294

Presentations…DVD…Interactive Workshops
Questions & Answers
Limited places available on a first come first served basis. Booking essential.
Cost: Organisations: £40 per person. £20 for individuals.
Refreshments and lunch included.
For a booking form or more info please email
Or contact us on 02920 345294

Money and mental health

May 1, 2009

The following extract is from the Mind website, dealing with financial worries and suggesting ways of coping in the current recessions.

Welcome to Mind’s money and mental health section

With the current turbulent economic climate and the cost of living getting higher and higher many are finding that managing personal finances and good mental health go hand in hand. Struggling to keep control of income and expenditure can affect mental health. This section will help you look at issues that affect you and give you access to information and support about your money.Follow this link: if you would like to see the Tame your monster video, then click this link:

Male Anorexia

December 10, 2008

The following is from Teens First for Health by Great Ormond Street Hospital.  To reach the site for the article and other information click this link:

Male Anorexia

Eating disorders affect more girls than boys, but boys get them too. Sixteen-year-old Mark James* spoke to Anna Bailey about his battle with anorexia.

“I first noticed that I had a problem with food when I become obsessed with a diet I was on. Throughout my teens I had always been overweight so when I hit 16 stone I went on a strict diet and started exercising. But the more weight I started to lose the more compliments I would get and the more weight I wanted to shed. In the end it became a destructive cycle.


The crux came at Christmas time. I had lost around six stone in three months. But rather than tucking into all the Christmas trimmings I ate very little because I still thought I looked very fat. At just ten stone my family obviously knew this wasn’t the case and were slightly concerned I had lost weight too quickly. They then suggested I go and see a doctor.


The first doctor I went to see wasn’t very helpful. I was told that boys don’t get anorexia and my eating habits were put down to depression. The leaflets I was given to read were also targeted towards girls. I felt extremely isolated and wondered if I was the only boy in the world who felt they had an eating disorder. Eventually I found a psychiatrist who confirmed what I had been thinking. It was a relief to know that there was something wrong and someone was taking me seriously.

Rock bottom

My anorexia actually got worse before I started to get better. It was all I could think about during the day and I started to calorie count. I wouldn’t eat any food over 100 calories and I cut out all meat, crisps, chocolates, nuts and cakes. At my lowest point I was only having a bowl of cereal in the morning.  This had a huge impact on my energy levels at school and I was falling asleep by eight o’clock at night. But at that point I didn’t care; I was willing to take the risk with my health as long as I wasn’t gaining any weight. My friends thought I was just going through a ‘MK’ (Mary Kate Olsen) diet faze to look cool and would tease me for being too thin, but inside I was very unhappy and ill. Every time I would go to eat I felt so guilty that I would instantly exercise off the weight or make myself sick. I couldn’t help myself; it was that overpowering.


Eventually the weight loss took its toll on my heart. I started to get sharp pains and I plummeted to six stone. At this point I was just a couple of days off from being hospitalised and coming near to death. When the doctor told me this it was a real wake up call and I knew that I had to do something about it.


In order to get better I started to try and eat a bit more. So instead of eating one bowl of cereal a day I would have two. I also stopped exercising so much and tried to do activities like drama to raise my self-esteem. Through doing new things I meet new friends who have supported me.


I am slowly getting better now and overcoming my anorexia one day at a time.

I don’t know whether I will fully get over it but at least I know now that I am not a freak and that there are people around to help me. I am now an Ambassador for the Eating Disorders Association and it’s great to meet people like me who are getting better. I also wanted to help other boys who might be going through the same experiences as me but don’t know where to turn to. It makes me really mad seeing stick thin images of anorexics in the press because you don’t need to be really thin to have anorexia. You can look fit and muscly but still think in an anorexic way. There isn’t a label or image that fits all and that’s why the disease is so deceptive.

Top tips

My advice to anyone who thinks that they may have anorexia or an eating disorder is to ask for help. Either speak to a friend, your family or the doctor but don’t leave it too late because it can get worse. It’s better to take control before the disorder takes control of your life.

*The real name of this individual has been changed to protect his identity.

infoFor more help and information

For more help and information about eating disorders please contact beat.

My Eating Disorders….

December 9, 2008

….is a  website is put together by a group of young women with eating disorders.  Each post is reflective of a constant struggle with body image and self esteem.  This blog also contains informational posts.

If you want to look at it, follow this link:

Boys get anorexia too.

December 9, 2008

For information provided by a family with direct experience click on the following link:

Monmouthshire Mental Health Service User and Carer Network

December 8, 2008

Mental Health Service User and Carer

Network Meeting



Date:    Wed 10th Dec 2008


Time:   1:30pm – 3:30pm (mince pies included)


Location: Mental Health Resource Room,

Sessions House, Usk, NP15 1AD





1) Discussion with Jill Jones from the Genesis Project


2) Consultation on the ‘Talk To Me’ Suicide and Self harm national action plan


3) Discussion around service user and carer representatives on the Adult Mental Health Strategic Planning Group


4) Any Other Business



Monmouthshire Mental Health Internet Blog: SpeakEasy in Mons

SpeakEasy is an internet ‘Blog’ which also doubles as a web resource for information, links, discussion, and events.  It contains a substantial list of Help Line information, and links to sites for specific issues for young people, adults, older adults and carers.

To reach the ‘Blog’ type SpeakEasy in Mons into the Google search bar.  It also registers on NTL Broadband, MSN, and Yahoo. Try it, use it, send in your comments on what is already there, and write your own piece about anything to do with mental health. You can also feed back any comments or suggestions for improvement.

Library and Self Help Resources at the MH Resource Room, Sessions House, Usk.

A resource of books, cd-roms, videos and dvd’s supporting people with mental ill health and their carers and families is available for individual loan or to discussion groups, and is being continually enlarged.   A portable dvd player can also be borrowed.  Contact Richard or Jen on 01291-673728 for info (answerphone).