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Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support is a partnership project between New Horizons Mental Health Resource Centre, Cwm Taff University Health Board 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

We need your help!

We need your feedback - Don't forget to help us improve mentalhealthsupport.co.uk by filling out our survey - its only a couple of minutes of your time and we would really appreciate it!!


Spring 2015 Newsletter out now

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Check out our old Newsletters >>

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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.
For volunteering opportunities click Here

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

To read about 'Aids and Mental Health' in conjunction with
World Aids Day researched by one of our 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. 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, Fortnightly

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 (Currently on hold)

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

Aberdare Focus Group Blog

ATS Focus Group Blog

YYP Aberdare Focus Group

YYP ATS Focus Group

MIND Focus Group

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


Adult Bullying

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...

November 17th - 21st was Anti-Bullying Week. To read articles in the press put together by one of our volunteers Click Here

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

March 1st - March 31st

Brain Injury Awareness Month (USA)

Mar 1st – March 31st

Great Daffodil Appeal

Mar 1st – March 31st

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 1st – March 31st

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 18th – March 24th

Downs Syndrome Awareness Week

Prepare to Care Course

If you would like to gain an accredited qualification in care,
this course offers you exactly that.

Where: Apple Tree Stores, Dinas , Rhondda

When: Commencing end of January 2015
From: 6 week course

For further information please contact
Shian Neale on: 01685 353944 shian.neale@matvmind.org.uk


Merthyr & The Valleys Mind

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

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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Emotional Support, Listening & Signposting
For Women Affected By Self Injury

Tuesday & Wednesday 7 - 9pm. Thursday 3 - 5pm

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free from landlines.

  • We are an independent, confidential and anonymous service.
  • Our helpline is run by women for women and we will support anyone who identifies as a woman who wants to talk about self-harm and/or self-injury.
  • confidential
  • non-judgemental
  • supportive
  • Women’s Self Injury Helpline

Volunteers may listen to calls as part of training
We do not record calls or pass on personal information
Self Injury Support is a registered charity 1092299

For further information contact:
0808 800 8088

To Download the poster Click here

Want To Talk?
But Don’t Want To Phone?

We won't tell and we won't judge you

Open Monday – Friday 7pm-9pm

To donate please text Tess14 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

  • £2 - helps us cover the costs of sending text and email
    messages of support to 15 girls and young women -
    we support over 1250 women each year.
  • £8 - helps us send a free copy of our Rainbow Journal (a self-help resource designed by young people) to young women affected by self-injury
  • £25 -helps us send staff members into schools to discuss self-injury and the support available to them.

For further information contact:
Text or email us we are confidential.
Text: 0780 047 2908 Texts cost normal rate
www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk and follow links to email

To Download a poster Click here

We Would Like To Know About People’s Experiences Of Local Services That Support Mental Health & Wellbeing In RCT And Merthyr Tydfil.

As service user and carer reps on the Cwm Taf Mental Health Partnership Board, we would like to know about local services that support you or your family’s mental health &wellbeing.

The survey can also be completed on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZZB6FX.

Or Downloadable form available here

If you would like to request hard copies of the survey, please contact Rachel Wyatt at Interlink on (01443) 846200
Email rwyatt@interlinkrct.org.uk

Welcome to your weekly mental health update: Mental Health Today Wales

Where: Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff

When: 20 May 2015


Only £30 to attend - book tickets today!

MHT Wales
Join us on 20 May in Cardiff for a full day of CPD accredited seminars, lively debate, expert speakers discussing Welsh mental health issues, plus visit the exhibition and find out about new services on offer. Tickets are just £30 excluding VAT and service users can come free of charge.

For only £30 you gain access to the whole event - book now!

Service users and unwaged volunteers are able to attend free of charge and travel expenses and expenses accrued on the day for service users and carers can be claimed through the Involve 2 Evolve (Mental Health Involvement) Project. For the expenses claim form Click Here

The seminar programme is supported by our steering group who ensure that the topics reflect mental health issues facing practitioners in Wales today. For more details of our steering group and programme and to book tickets visit our web site.
Click Here

Seminar topics recently announced include:

  • Perinatal, children and young people's mental health
  • Maternal and perinatal mental health
  • Promoting good mental health in schools
  • Building resilience with children and young people
  • Early intervention and working with families
  • Student mental health – support in higher and further education
  • Supporting adults with mental ill health
  • Developing effective Care Treatment Plans
  • Supported living and housing
  • Supporting service users and their families and carers
  • Accessing advocacy
  • Mental health and the workplace
  • Specialist areas
  • Eating disorders and mental health
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Dementia
  • Substance misuse and mental health.

Alongside the CPD certified seminars is the exhibition which includes:

  • Service providers (including housing)
  • Research and training organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Product manufacturers
  • Therapy groups, psychotherapists and counsellors
  • IT companies
  • Arts groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Plus many more!

Latest news
Ahead of the event, we have the latest mental health news from the past week including the government's pledge to invest £300m into dementia research.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Parton and the MHT team

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 referral.
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.

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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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