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Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support is a partnership project between New Horizons Mental Health Resource Centre, LHB and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Mental Health Support aims to provide accessible advice and information about mental health issues and services to people with mental health problems, their carers, health professionals and anyone else with an interest in mental illness.

The site has many features for you to use. Here you can keep in touch with friends by using the chatroom; if you feel strongly about something, add a topic to the forum and start a thread. You can sign up to our newsletter for ongoing updates about New Horizons. Or check out the latest health news. We are also on Twitter and Facebook now, so give us a look.

Get on Board....

This is your web site! Feel free to give us feedback about what you think. Let us know your ideas for the site and what you would like to see on it. You are invited to contribute articles for use on the site. We'd love to display your work.

For information about participating in web site content, contact : admin@mentalhealthsupport.co.uk

Mental Health News Summer 2014 Newsletter out now

If you would like a printable version click here

or a web version PDF click here

Volunteers Wanted

Mental Health Support are always looking for Volunteers to help with the website and in other areas. If you are interested please email us.

Virtual  Volunteers - Wanted

We need Virtual Volunteers to help us with the web site. If you want to research and write articles and stories, source images or take photographs, provide technical IT support to the web site co-ordinator, or share IT skills with other contributors, contact us.

It doesn't matter where you are, as everything can be done by email. Make a difference and join our team!

To read about 'Smartphones and Mental Health' researched by one of our virtual Volunteers Click Here

If you have a few hours to spare each week, why  not join our team? Email us for further information at:


We need Focus Group Volunteers

Do you live in RCT?
Would like to help in one of our Focus Groups encouraging contributors and learning new skills?

It's a great way to gain confidence and improve your C.V. We will be creating contributor's blogs for all the groups so come and have an input!

We have groups in the following places:

New Horizons Mental Health

Aberdare, 16a Dean Street, Aberdare, CF44 7BN

Monday -Young People's Project. 4 - 4.30pm Fortnightly
Tuesday - All members. 3 - 4pm, every week

Apple Tree Stores, Apple Tree Avenue, Dinas, Porth, CF40 1JH

Thursday - All members. 3 - 4pm Fortnightly
Young People's Project. 4 - 5pm as above

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, 20 Morgan St, Pontypridd, Glamorgan CF37 2DS

Thursday - All members. 11 - 1pm Fortnightly

Check out all the Focus Group Blogs by clicking the link below
Focus Group Blogs

Check out the Focus Group poster by clicking the link below
Focus Group poster

Volunteers receive - training,travel expenses and can attend local events/conferences with staff that promote Mental Health Support.

For an application form please email


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Mental Health Support website is designed to give information and support to people who have a mental health illness while offering support to family and carers. Volunteering opportunities are available. Read more...

What month, week or day is it?

Find out what month, week or day it is here with links to the relevant websites

Click on the links below

Blue September

Sep 1st - Sep 30th

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 1st - Sep 30th

Friendship Month

Sep 1st - Sep 30th

International Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 1st - Sep 30th

Organic September

Sep 13th - Sep 21st

National Eczema Week

Sep 15th - Sep 21st

National Meningitis Week

Sep 19th

Jeans for Genes Day

Sep 20th - Oct 5th

British Food Fortnight

Sep 21st

World Alzheimer's Day

Merthyr Tydfil and RCT
Mental Health Service User Involvement Project

Cwm Taf University Health Board are keen to gather the views of people who receive support from secondary mental health services in RCT and Merthyr Tydfil.

For more information, click here

World Mental Health Day

The World Federation for Mental Health founded World Mental Health Day (WMHD) in 1992. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. The focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. It can impair functioning through the loss of an acquired capability to earn a livelihood, or the disruption of studies. Schizophrenia typically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Most cases of schizophrenia can be treated, and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated in society.

Read more from the World Health Organisation. Click Here

This year's main event will act as a platform, a way of working collaboratively towards addressing the mental health and emotional well-being needs of people in RCT.

It also provides local organisations and partners the opportunity to showcase the quality and quantity of services available within the County Boroughs as well as further afield. Importantly, it also offers support for carer’s, friends and families of those experiencing mental ill health and how this impacts on the wider community. There is a wide range of stall holders providing information and advice as well as different things to see and do.

We will be looking specifically at how people can access services across their community, as well as engaging with a range of educational, environmental and leisure providers.

For further details and a booking form contact:
Claire Meredith on: Claire.L.Meredith@rctcbc.gov.uk or
Maria Abson on: 01443 846200

Below is a list of events happening within New Horizons and around RCT and Merthyr.

Friday 3rd October
RCT WMHW Event in Hawthorn Leisure Centre 
Time: 10 - 3

Tuesday 7th October
New Horizons Open Day Aberdare 
Time: 12 -3

Wednesday 8th October 
Quiz night Ton Pentre Football Club 
Time: 7 - 11

Thursday 9th October 
New Horizons Open Day 
Time: 12 - 3

Friday 10th October 
Royal Glamorgan Hospital World Mental Health Day Information stalls
Time: TBC

Friday 10th October
New Horizons Hirwaun Open day 
Time: 1 - 3

Call for Stories, Art and Poetry on
‘Living with Schizophrenia’

Storyboard for World Mental Health Day 2014

Rhondda Cynon Taf plans to celebrate World Mental Day with an Information and Awareness Raising event on

Friday 3rd October 2014
Hawthorn Leisure Centre
Fairfield Lane
10.00am – 3.00pm

The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is
‘Living with Schizophrenia’.

The Mental Health Partnership Group would like to have
a storyboard at this year’s event for service users and carers
to display stories, art and poetry related to the theme
‘Living with Schizophrenia’.

If you would like to contribute an item to the storyboard,
please send it to: Rachel Wyatt at Interlink, 6 MelinCorrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BE or email:rwyatt@interlinkrct.org.uk

The deadline for submissions is
Friday 26th September 2014.

World Mental Health Day Art Competition

Are there any artists among you?!

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind are holding an Art Competition, as part of their celebration of World Mental Health Day 2014 on

Thursday October 9th
at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre
10.30 - 1.30

In order to be in with a chance of winning £300, you will need to produce an A4 outline of a contemporary painting that depicts a  ‘Representation of Living Well in Merthyr Tydfil’

The Winner will produce a 3’x4’ painting that will be shown on the 9th October at the event. The prize of £300 will be awarded to the Winner on the day. 

The closing date for the competition has been extended to the 1st October 2014. 

All entries are to be submitted by post to: Merthyr and the Valleys MIND, Information and Advice Centre, 88 High Street, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8UH.

 The Art Competition is being sponsored by Tydfil Training.

Poster available here

Self Help Courses

Community based self help courses are now available in this area, they are free and are being delivered by Cwm Taf Health Board in partnership with Communities First

The courses help people to better understand and manage their feelings and thereby improve their well being.

Courses are ‘walk in’ / self referral and being delivered in venues across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil

All adults are welcome, no one is expected to speak during the sessions and anyone attending is welcome to bring a friend

The Courses available are:

Stress Control©

This course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques

The Course aims to help people understand the causes of stress and how to manage its symptoms


This course is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with some meditation

Mindfulness is a technique that once learnt can be useful throughout your life

For further information contact:


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The Rhondda Cynon Taff Eating Disorder Self Help and Support Group

Is an eating disorder affecting you or someone you care about?

Beat Cymru will be holding new group meetings in Aberdare to support people over 18 years of age who are dealing with an eating disorder in their lives. Whether you are personally affected, a carer or a concerned family member or friend – we’d like to help.

The group is pro-recovery and will provide an opportunity to offer support and share experiences. The group will support those with an eating disorder or concerns around eating, and also people who are carers, family members or friends.

The group meets on the 1st Monday of the month.


At New Horizons, 16a Dean Street, Aberdare, CF44 7BN

Email: aberdarebeatgroup@hotmail.com

Mental Health Independent Living Service

The Mental Health Independent Living Service is part of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s Direct Services.
We provide support on an individual or group basis within a variety of community settings, the aim being to enable you to achieve a more independent life style. We will support you to identify and pursue opportunities of your choice to pursue your individual goals. For example you may wish to participate in activities in your local community to improve your quality of life as well as your overall health and well -being.
The service we provide will take into account your full views as well as others involved in your care, such as carers, where appropriate.

Read More about the Mental Health Independent Living Service

Single Point of Access Service

Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil (Cwm Taf) now have a single point of access service for all it’s ADULT (18 +) substance misuse services.

Calls will be answered by a skilled and experienced worker who will be able to provide advice and information and complete a triage assessment ensuring efficient access to the most appropriate service.

Telephone: 0300 333 0000 (free from landlines, local rate from mobiles)
Email: daspa@daspa.org.uk

INFORM - Your GP Your Story

What is ‘INFORM’?

We all recognise that people’s stories bring experiences to life and help to highlight the type of support that people have found helpful or unhelpful.

The aim of INFORM is to capture people’s stories of using primary care services (e.g. your local GP) for a mental health condition. We are also keen to involve carers. The stories that are captured will be used to develop a training pack for health professionals working in primary care.

Can I take Part? Read More>>

Ym primary logo rgb homepage signpostlaunch a new website called HEADMEDS.

This is a very informative site for young people and parents which gives a comprehensive breakdown of common mental health conditions and common medications used to treat them. The site includes...

  • Condition quick search - Enter your condition and find out what it is and it's symptoms.
  • An alphabetical list of medications - How they are pronounced, other names for them, medication type.
  • Personal stories - Visual links and written stories to each medication or condition.
  • General advice -Including, Practical advice about medications, Beyond medicines - knowing what's right for you.

Read More here>>

For a review by New Horizons's Youth Project member's

Read More here>>

The Community Health Network

The Community Health Network will be running FREE Holistic Therapies. The Therapies are being delivered in Taff Bargoed, Aberfan / Merthyr Vale Cyfarthfa Ward, Dowlais /Pant, and in the Gurnos. Spaces are limited, so please book with your Community First Officer.

Holistic Therapies target specific physical, mental, and emotional problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, and stress. Why not try one of these beneficial therapies and see what it can do for you? Speak to Korene,  the Community Health Well-being Officer, to discuss referrals for these therapies. For more information about the Community Health Network, Telephone 01685 383929.

C.A.L.L Helpline

Community Advice and Listening Line

Mental Health Help Line for Wales

Tel: 0800 132 737

C.A.L.L, a 24-hour, Wales-wide mental health telephone help line service, offers confidential listening and support. Here you will find emotional support, information, and literature on mental health and related matters. Anyone concerned about his or her mental health, or that of a relative or friend, can access the service.

Get your Views Heard!

Do you use mental health services in Rhondda Cynon Taf or Merthyr Tydfil?

Do you care for someone who does?

Would you like to have a real say in how mental health services are run in your area?

Click here for more information on the Mental Health Service User Involvement Project >>

Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team

What is the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team?

The Team is made up of two distinct components:-

The Crisis Team undertakes assessment at Royal Glamorgan /St. Tydfil’s Hospital for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The Service is accessed via telephone and is open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Read More about the service>>

1,2,3, Get Ready RCT Campaign

Award-winning campaign is back for Universal Credit

Last year RCT Homes worked with Community Housing Cymru on the award-winning campaign Your Benefits are Changing to raise awareness of welfare reform. RCT Homes is now launching 1,2,3...Ready to offer people practical advice on how to best prepare for the introduction of Universal Credit. The campaign will be advising tenants to take the following steps:

1. Open a bank account (or start using the one you already have)

Universal Credit will only be paid into a bank account. If you don’t already have a bank account you will need one soon.

2. Get online

The Government has said that, in future, any claims or change of circumstances for Universal Credit will need to be made online (using a computer).

You can prepare for this by finding out where you can access the internet for free and getting the help you may need to use a computer and the internet.

3. Get budgeting

When Universal Credit comes in, you may not receive your first payment until at least four weeks after your last money came in. And the money you receive will be a large lump sum to see you through the next four weeks. If you haven’t had to budget over a month before this can be quite a challenge.

Read More on their website>>

Cartrefi RCT Homes

People who inspire us

Read how famous people who have suffered from a mental illness have inspired us - Click Here

Learn to Relax

A short article on learning to relax.

Click here to

Tips for Saving Money and Recycling

Here are some top tips for recycling, and some great ideas for saving cash. Click Here

Fire Safety At Home

Here are some tips for keeping safe in the home. Click here>

Stroke Saver web site launch

A new symptom awareness web site for stroke has been launched. Developed by the NPHS and Wales Centre for Health, the new site aims to provide the knowledge necessary for recognising the signs of a stroke and becoming a ‘stroke saver’.

Are you looking after someone who misuses drugs or alcohol?Substanceand alcohol misuse

If yes, come and join the Carers Group. Read More




Mental Health First Aid MHFA (Wales) Web Site

Front-line workers in Wales often have to deal with people who experience mental distress. But these workers sometimes lack the skills and confidence needed to offer appropriate support.

One in four of us is affected by mental health problems each year. A new, short training course is now offered to service providers across Wales, which teaches them how to deal more effectively with these challenges. This ambitious new project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Mind Cymru will provide trainers to teach Mental Health First Aid throughout Wales. Mental Health First Aid was developed in Australia and is being rolled out in Scotland, Canada, England and Northern Ireland.  


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