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Mental health and wellbeing

ONE IN FOUR of us experience mental health problems at some time in our lives.

Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress and grief, but symptoms of mental illnesses last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events. When these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with a person's ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.

A person who is considered 'mentally healthy' is someone who can cope with the normal stresses of life and carry out the usual activities they need to in order to look after themselves; can realise their potential; and make a contribution to their community. However, your mental health or sense of 'wellbeing' doesn't always stay the same and can change in response to circumstances and stages of life.

Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress and grief, but symptoms of mental illnesses last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events. When these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with a person's ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.

If you are an individual or a group from Bridgend County Borough who promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, or provide a service for people with a mental health issue, please contact BAVO.

We can give you information, training and advice on mental health policy, funding etc. If you are a mental health service user, or a carer, we work with other agencies in mental health service planning to best fulfill the needs of service users and carers.

If you want to set up a group we can give you advice about getting started and provide you with resources and access to other specialist groups who might be able to help you further.

Contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400, E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

 

BAVO wants to hear your views about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing services in Bridgend County Borough

BAVO is undertaking a consultation into children and younglogo people’s mental health and wellbeing services in Bridgend County Borough.

We hope as many people as possible will share their experience with us and contribute to shaping future services for 0 to 18 years and would very much appreciate your contribution.

The survey is being coordinated by our BAVO Mental Health Development Officer and will be undertaken in conjunction with similar studies in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

The results of the survey will be important in informing how Bridgend’s third sector plans and delivers mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people but will also prove valuable to Bridgend County Borough Council, ABMU Health Board and Primary Care Clusters.

There are two surveys available – one which is aimed at children, young people, parents and carers, and one for staff and organisations providing services in our area. 

Both surveys close for responses at 5pm, 31 October 2018.

 

For children, young people, parents and carers:

If you are a child or young person who in the past two years have thought about, tried to get or had support for your mental health or emotional wellbeing, then we would very much like to hear what your experience was. If you are a parent or carer who has supported a young person with their mental health we would love to hear from you also.

This could have been e.g. going to see your Doctor, someone in your school/college, a Swansea Council service, a project provided by a local charity or community group, CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service), outpatients and or hospital service.

There are several ways people can have a voice:

Complete the Online Survey by clicking here >>> 

You can also collect a hardcopy from BAVO's main office  - 112-113 Commercial Street, Maesteg CF34 9DL.

In person - If you’d like to see someone to complete the survey, please contact Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: stuartburgejones@bavo.org.uk

Or if you attend a group that someone could attend to speak with participants about their experiences, please contact Stuart to arrange.

For staff and organisations:

Staff and organisations providing services in Bridgend County Borough, can support this consultation by giving their views in a separate survey here >>>

(NB - If you have both professional and personal experience of mental health/well-being services then we would welcome you completing both surveys.)

We are also looking for organisations to support the survey by becoming ‘Listeners’ - If you could offer a few hours of your time to listen to children, young people, parents and carers to help record their experiences, please get in touch with Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO (details below) to arrange.

Again you can also collect a hard copy from our BAVO offices in Maesteg.

We’d be grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and networks.

Closing date responses: 5pm, 31 October 2018.

For further information, please contact Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: stuartburgejones@bavo.org.uk

 

Latest news ....

Western Bay 'Together for Mental Health' annual statement 2016-17 issued Front page of report

'Together for Mental Health' is the Welsh Government’s 10 year strategy to improve mental health and well-being in Wales. Published in October 2012, following significant engagement and formal consultation with key partner agencies, stakeholders, services users and carers, it is a cross- Government strategy and covers all ages. It encompasses a range of actions, from those designed to improve the mental well-being of all residents in Wales, to those required to support people with a severe and enduring mental illness.

This public facing report represents the annual statement that is produced each year by local partnership boards, for the October 2016 - October 2017 period. The report has been co-produced with service user and carer representatives and is a summary of progress to date against the actions. The document also provides an overview of future priorities.

Its sets out what has been achieved locally in a number of specific areas such as service user and carer involvement, partnership working, suicide reduction, perinatal mental health,  CAMHS, crisis care, Early interventions in psychosis etc. 

Read more about the progress locally here >>>