Mental health support network for PWWP

Mental health illness support network for People working with people

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Free Family Fun Day!

Free Family Fun Day!

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A poem by a follower!!

By David J Williams
Rising out of the dustbins and muck
A dishevelled old man
Who has run out of luck.
His urine soaked clothes
Are in need of a change
He doesn’t care, which is not so strange
Begging in the markets
Looking for money
People pass by
They think it’s funny
Not having much money
But it’s not is it?
He was once a proud man till he turned to the drink
He did it every day,
He never stopped to think
About the harm it would do
But he had to drink
To forget all that life had put him through
How grand he had been before
Awarded a medal for bravery
In some long forgotten war
But that was sold, and he grew old
Drinking away his agony
How had he become like this?
He had a wife and two strong kids
But decay was there when he was young
So they taught him to march and gave him a gun
And told him to go out and kill someone.
Now he is alone awaiting his death
The time has come to breathe his last breath
But no one will notice his certain demise
For no one will open up their own eyes
To see him fade away.

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We are powerfull and creative!!

We are powerful and creative

There is life in us.

We can run and surrenda

We can pray or yes we can pray.

We will learn all togeter

With a fire that can not be tamed,

Glory to your name.

This is the hunger in me

Through weakness and pain,

I rejoys  and declair.

I will remain and I will rejoys,

Glory to your name.

I will bring joy,

I will bring change.

I have a reason to see.

Glory to your name.



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What I have learnt!!!!

“I have learned that life may not always be easy, but it’s always worth living.”

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A powerfull influence to me!

My Father is a man like no other,

He gave me life, 

Hurtured me, shouted at me,

Kissed me, but most of all loved me.


There are not enought words

I can say to describe how important he is to me,

And what a powerfull influence he continues to be.

I love you Dad.

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Happy Christmas to you all!

Merry Christmas to you all and I hopeit is a good one!!

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Batling Mental illness.

Batling Mental illness.

The local paper evening post.


Time to Change

Can you spare 5 minutes to help us with a short survey  for our next campaign in 2013? The results will form part of wider research exploring the difference in conversations around physical health problems compared to talking about mental health problems. Thanks very much! The research will focus on those living in England (as that’s where Time to Change is based), so the survey is only open to people based in England – though we know that our supporters are from around the world!
Time to Change 2013 campaign survey

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Mental Health Peer Mentoring Project Report Released

Mental Health Peer Mentoring Project Report Released

12 October 2011

The Mental Health Foundation has released a report on its ‘Brighter Futures’ project to support mental health in later life. The report highlights the benefits to both mentor and mentee of the project as well as noting the reduction in mental health problems for those involved.

The Brighter Futures project worked with older volunteers to deliver a peer mentoring service for isolated older people aimed at improving their wellbeing and quality of life through enhancing their social networks and enabling meaningful community engagement.

Some conclusions raised in the report include:

  • Having a peer every step of the way was one of the most valuable aspects of the project – peers were seen to act as positive role models and motivated them to take risks and try new things.
  • Many participants were able to move on from the project within a short timescale, however there were other participants that needed longer term support.
  • Some participants considered becoming volunteers themselves and felt that once they had regained their confidence, they too could ‘give something back’.
  • The mentor role was highly valued by volunteers who felt that they were contributing to society and taking on a new identity which helped to support them through difficult life transitions such as retirement.

The recommendations from the report included:

  • Services should be developed that focus on the needs of those most isolated within our communities.
  • Develop service models that provide support built on peer relationships, is goal orientated and solution focused and flexible enough to engage with people in their own homes.
  • Older people that require longer term support to remain socially connected should have access to home based services that are not time-limited such as befriending.
  • Greater opportunities should be developed to enable older people to ‘give something back’ and contribute positively to their communities. Volunteering opportunities should be developed that take account of the importance of having a socially valued role and should aim to enable older people to create new positive identities for themselves following retirement.

The full report can be downloaded below and for more information please visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

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PWWP Launch

PWWP Launch

A dad and his son visiting Santa.

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PWWP Launch

PWWP Launch

All the families gathering around their children playing.

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PWWP Launch!

PWWP Launch!

Me and Santa taking a pose for the camera enjoying the day.

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PWWP Launch!

PWWP Launch!

All the people that was willing to give us feed back of how much they actually new about Mental Health.

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PWWP Launch

PWWP Launch

Me and my Mentee taking a break.

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PWWP Launch

PWWP Launch

Humie helping out fave painting good job..

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PWWP Launch!

PWWP Launch!

Children enjoying the arts and craft activity.

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A link to the photo of PWWP Family fund day!

A link to the photo of PWWP Family fund day!

Photo of the successful turn up, just under 200 people turned up to the free family fun day of PWWP launch at Swansea Grand theater on the 15 December.

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Free family fun day pic!

Free family fun day pic!

A dad with his little girl visiting Santa at the PWWP launch.

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Just before the family fun day started.

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PWWP Launch!

PWWP Launch!

All the team who made the family fun day work

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Battling mental health!

Friends help others after battling own mental ill health

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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South Wales Evening Post


WATCHING Michelle Healy enjoy putting up Christmas decorations with her spirited little lad Jaidon, it is hard to believe that when he was born she suffered such severe post natal depression she had to be sectioned and hospitalised for two weeks.

The little family is on an even keel now but after becoming a victim of crime, coping with a bad relationship and struggling to get the kind of support from the authorities she felt she needed, the new mum fell into a spiral of mental decline, ending up on anti-psychotic drugs.

With her little boy now 3, Michelle, from West Cross, is back on form and she is mentoring others with mental health issues.

And she and a friend are determined to have a long-term impact, by setting up a new support group, People Helping People.

She says getting out there and lending a hand to others has given her new-found focus.

“So many things were happening in my life at the time I became ill.

“I was the victim of fraud and someone hacked my phone.

“I was having problems with a relationship and there was the baby to look after.

“I gave up my job as a hairdresser to have the baby and I really missed work.”

It all got too much and Michelle was hit by post natal depression and psychosis.

“I was in Cefn Coed for 13 days — I slept for five days — I think that was the main problem for me. I really needed to sleep.”

Now in good shape, Michelle says that when the mental health problems hit her she was surprised at the level of ignorance that prevailed about such conditions.

In fact research by mental health group Time To Change Wales reveals that one in seven people believe those with a mental illness can never fully recover.

Michelle is keen to challenge misconceptions like that one, so she volunteers with a project called Transcend as a mentor for others in distress.

“Twice a week I meet up with someone who needs help — it could be someone who doesn’t want to leave the house but who needs to go out to the dentist.

“I will go with them, or we will just go out for a coffee or for something to eat. We are friends.

“It helps them that I have been there and I know what it is like.”

She has set up a new scheme too, People Helping People, with a fellow volunteer Jordana Thomas.

Jordana, 26, has also suffered depression and she says she hopes the scheme will help lessen some of the stigma of mental health problems.

“I suffered with depression for at least six years and I was hospitalised last year.

“I am surprised it is still such a taboo subject and in the long-term I hope People Helping People can help to reduce that so it is treated like any physical illness.”

While Jordana says she has been lucky in the amount of support she has enjoyed from friends and family she has found the idea of returning to the working world tough.

“You do find out who your friends are, and I have lost some but gained others who have been through similar things.

“While I can’t say I lost my job because of the depression I have been at that point where the thought of going back after a long time away has been too much, so it has affected my working life.

“But like Michelle I am mentoring others with Transcend and I that makes me think about how I have dealt with things in the past and how I could have done things differently, so it has been good for me.”

People Working With People launches on Saturday with a family fun day at Swansea’s Grand Theatre, an advisory service, and later the publication of a book of people’s stories.

Time to Change Wales is backing Michelle and Jordana’s project and their programme manager Cath Lindley says: “It is great to see People Working With People challenging the stigma around mental illness in such a fun way.

“One in four of us will experience mental health problems so stigma is something that affects families, workplaces and communities across Wales.

“This is the first of a number of community projects that will be funded by Time to Change Wales over the coming months and we’re really excited that it is happening in Swansea.”

Michelle is hoping that People Helping People will be able to lead people back to more stable lives, as she is making inroads into a settled life with her lad.

“My mum looked after Jaidon when I was ill and he is back with me now, so he has been a bit unsettled.

“We are trying to get back to normal now.

“It isn’t easy but we will get that bond back.

“And keeping busy helps me a lot.

“I go on the running machine and I do the mentoring.

“It helps me feel like I am something again.

“When I was ill I just felt ignored. I felt like nothing.”

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A poem by a follower!!


there is joy and peace
and an endless sense of release
as a desire for celebration
in our own inner elation

no more condemning
from a world thats lost and uncaring
our minds are now tranquil
we feel more ballanced and still

to take a moment in time
so our feelings begin to rise
a clean euphoric phase
no longer in a foggy daze

we see a clear image
of ourselves relaxed and fulfilled
the elation of self belief
as we walk in the world with no fear


i battle the voices  i can icant
the endless dance inside my mind
i fear the news, absorbing like a sponge
the multi media, and polititians rant

the tireless battle against inner torment
the vocal echoes of past problems
how frail and fragile the mind can be

society says we are such a drain
yet our worries and frets have made us this way
some say “get on with it”  and “dont complain”
though sleep releases the troubled day

the inner screams will dissipate
as peace and love will conquer self hate
to overcome our fractured past
believe you can, say no to i cant

by richard lawson

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One in four of us will experience some sort of mental health issue at some stage in our lives. We’ve got practical advice and support to help you cope with the challenges you’re facing, whatever you’re trying to cope with.



An addiction is a complex illness with physical and psychological symptoms, affecting not only the patient, but their family, friends and social environment too.



Bereavement can cause mental illness,.
There’s no right or wrong way to grieve and there’s no telling how long it may take to come to terms with loss.

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Depression in pregnancy ‘risk to future mental health’

Depression in pregnancy ‘risk to future mental health’

Pregnant womanDepression can happen during pregnancy too
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More than a third of women who become depressed during their pregnancy have suicidal thoughts, suggests a snapshot survey carried out by the Royal College of Midwives and Netmums.

The poll of 260 mothers with antenatal depression found they were at greater risk of worsening mental health problems than women with postnatal depression.

Only 22% sought help from their GP.

Experts say women with the condition need more support.

The Department of Health has announced that £25m will be made available to improve maternity facilities for mothers and babies, and an NHS information service for parents is to include videos on how to spot signs of postnatal depression.

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If we can identify women as early as possible then we could prevent them declining into much more serious mental health problems”

Cathy WarwickRoyal College of Midwives

‘Greater risk’

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“Nomads of the Moon”, published in April 2012, will be followed by “Living Proof”, PWWP’s own collection of mental health recovery writing and other creative work.



Me and my mentee!

Me and my mentee!

Me and my Mentee out riding the horses. Good day never seen her smile so much.


City of Sanctuary Swansea! A place for Asylum seekers!!

Home sweet home

Many asylum seekers find their lives are turned up side down overnight. One day living comfortable and the next they are thrown to turmoil.

This picture represents how suddenly life’s of asylum seekers can change. The left side of the picture shows the safe and happy life’s asylum seekers have previously led whilst the right side shows the violence and force why asylum seeker flee their home.

Unsafe at home!

We all need a home- Somewhere to live safely with our family to be part of a community.

How would you feel if this safety was suddenly shattered?

What if suddenly the place you called home become a place you were afraid off?

What if everyday you were frightened that you or someone you love did not come home or could be beaten up, threaten, raped or even killed?

But to leave could mean loose your home, loosing mass of  possessions and loosing contact with love ones and maybe forever.

This is what happens to hundreds of thousands of people every year.  In the world today there are over 10 million refuge who have had to flee their homes for their life’s or in fear of percecution.

Most of them flee to neighbouring countries- Their are over 1.7 million refugees from Afgharistar  in Pakistan, and another million in Iran– Some find there way to the UK and Swansea.


The once of old!

Silent whispers memories, secluded corners.

Day dreaming of life with normality

Hope of life afresh.

No more to stare blankly into space

Pathways, set to vertical, as life takes a turn,

Light shining brightly on a new dawn

New life, no more he once was old.

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Submit your poetry to be published to raise awareness about Mental Health.

Do you have the talent of creative writing??  There is a book being published related to Mental Health to raise awareness to try end stigma for those who suffer with a illness so therefor if you would like to see your poetry published please submit to: Many thanks Michelle.


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