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IMHCN with the Hearing Voices Network Cymru is hosting a one day conference for and about young people who hear voices on 14th April 2015 in Carmarthen. More details and conference brochure here soon.
We are facilitating a Twinning collaboration between Hywel Dda University Health Board, Wales and the Trieste Mental Health Department. This will focus on the need to reorganise the mental health services in Pembrokeshire based on the 24 hour Community Mental Health Centre service in Trieste. This will include a series of action learning sets running in parallel for the partners and exchange visits for workers service users and family members.Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and
Bridgend Whole Life Recovery into Practice ActionLearning Sets, January 215 Ongoing
Whole Life Whole Systems IMHCN/West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH)/Abertwe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board/Hywel Dda Health Board, October 30 – 31, 2014, Botanic Garden of Wales
Background: Hywel is a member of the IMHCN Board. He is a poet, a philanthropist and a mental health activist. He is Chair of Hearing Voices Network Cymru and Patron of Intervoice the international hearing voices organisation.
Educated in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, he is a Combined Honours Graduate of French and Spanish from Birmingham University. He possess a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Aberystwyth University.
A retired teacher and lecturer of Spanish, he was labelled by psychiatry as a "schizophrenic" in 1983.
His development of mental health problems as a teacher led eventually to being involved in the mental health voluntary sector as a volunteer in Pembrokeshire and elsewhere. He founded Pembrokeshire Mind, Pembrokeshire Hearing Voices Group and Hearing Voices Network Cymru.
He regards voice hearers as saints, prophets, shaman, gurus and/or geniuses. Or the potential for such.
Interests: Faith and spirituality, hearing voices, lived experience
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
The ABMU Mental Health Directorate is responsible for providing a range of adult and older people’s mental health services across the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Western Vale of Glamorgan and Ystradgynlais areas. Substance misuse services are provided within Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. Forensic mental health services are provided for the South Wales population from the Caswell Clinic Medium Secure Unit in Bridgend.
Mental Health services for adults of working age to the age of 64 are provided in both hospital and community settings. Inpatient services are provided from both General and Community Hospitals across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend localities. Services are provided in line with the principles of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and are delivered in collaboration with a wide range of other providers from the public and voluntary sector.
Day Hospitals are also available and a range of specialist community multi-disciplinary, multi-agency services are also provided to adults with mental health problems across ABM including:
Community Mental Health Teams
Primary Health Care Liaison Services / Gateway Workers
Prison In Reach Mental Health Team (HMP Parc and Swansea)
Court Diversion and Custody Suite In Reach
Substance Misuse Services
Forensic Mental Health Services
Services for older people with mental health problems
Address: Headquarters, One Talbot Gateway, Baglan Energy Park, Baglan, Port Talbot, SA12 7BR
HVN Cymru offers information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them. It hosts a website about the hearing voices approach that can be viewed here
Hywel Dda University Health Board provides mental health care services throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
Address: Corporate Offices, Ystwyth Building, Hafan Derwen, St Davids Park, Jobswell Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3BB
Telephone: 01267 235151