Thursday, 28 January 2016

POBL Cymru - Mental Health Charity with a cwtch! @POBLCymru

POBL (meaning PEOPLE in our Welsh language) is a new and fresh mental health charity that has been formed to make a difference to the people of Wales and their families, who are either now, or will at some future point, find themselves suffering from a mental health condition. We are called POBL because that’s exactly what we are all about. People helping people! We aim to be as bi-lingual as possible in all of our dealings, as we feel that this is of vital importance to be able to discuss issues in your native tongue if that assists you better.
We are not about big strategies and grandiose ideas. We are about providing real ‘hands on’ advice and support at grassroots level to the ordinary man and woman in their own communities. We will primarily do this via education, workshops and support groups. This is where we feel help is most needed.
It is a well publicised fact that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some form of mental distress. This can range from post natal depression, stress and even to terrifying bouts of paranoid schizophrenia. We think this figure is inaccurate because it does not take into account the wider circle of people around the sufferer. Their wives, husbands, children and wider network of friends often go through the bouts of illness with them, often not understanding it and certainly not knowing where to turn to for straightforward, jargon free friendly advice. This is what we aim provide at POBL.
Many of our workers have had direct experience of the issues and problems that you face and therefore, can understand you better than anyone else. Nothing beats peer to peer support. Our simple aim is to get you back out there fighting as best you can, knowing that we are behind you every step of the way to catch you if you fall.
We have been there, we know how lonely and dark it can be, but crucially, we know the way to lead you back out there on the road to enjoying life again.
We educate businesses on their legal obligations in the area of managing and handling stress at work and providing adequate support, working with the employers with the wider Mental Health issues that employees may suffer from.
Above all, we campaign and fundraise tirelessly to ensure that as many people as possible know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope, and we will do all we can to lead you there.

Our Patron – Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax is probably best known for her T.V. documentaries and interviews. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 5 years, and has been script editor for many shows including all series of Absolutely Fabulous. Previously Ruby studied psychology at the University of Berkeley, California and obtained a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent’s College, London. Recently Ruby obtained a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University.
In spring 2014, Ruby Wax – comedian, writer, mental health campaigner began touring the UK with her one-woman show RUBY WAX: SANE NEW WORLD-THE TOUR. Ruby has based this new show on her No. 1 bestselling book Sane New World: Taming the Mind, which has enjoyed worldwide success since publication in 2013.
Sane New World helps us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century. Ruby uses knowledge from her recent Masters Degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University spiked with comedy.
In the Summer of 2012 she presented her talk ‘What’s so funny about mental illness?” at TedGlobal and in 2011 launched a website called which helps sufferers to get help, information, to communicate with each other and to break the stigma of mental illness.

Contact POBL on
Twitter @PoblCymru

Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There's no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is "safe place". So if you give someone a cwtch, you're giving them a "safe place". 

It can also be used as a place to store things safely (usually a cupboard under a staircase)
"Give me a cwtch" 

"Put your jacket in the cwtch"

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