Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support is a project managed by New Horizons Mental Health Charity. 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.

Mental Health Support Service Directory

Useful information, advice and contacts in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf

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1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

In most countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries, mental health services are severely short of resources – both human and financial. Of the health care resources available, most are currently spent on the specialized treatment and care of the people with mental illness, and to a lesser extent on an integrated mental health system. Instead of providing care in large psychiatric hospitals, countries should integrate mental health into primary health care, provide mental health care in general hospitals and develop community-based mental health services.

Even less funding is available for mental health promotion, an umbrella term that covers a variety of strategies, all aimed at having a positive effect on mental health well-being in general. The encouragement of individual resources and skills, and improvements in the socio-economic environment are among the strategies used.

Mental health promotion requires multi-sectoral action, involving a number of government sectors and non-governmental or community-based organizations. The focus should be on promoting mental health throughout the lifespan to ensure a healthy start in life for children and to prevent mental disorders in adulthood and old age.

Ref: WHO


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  • Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with almost 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001) 9%
  • Between 8-12% of the population experience depression in any year. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001) 12%
  • About half of people with common mental health problems are no longer affected after 18 months, but poorer people, the long-term sick and unemployed people are more likely to be still affected than the general population. (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003) 50%

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Welcome to the Members Area

The place where service users and clients from in and around the local area submit their artwork, poetry or anything they wish, for visitors to view at their leisure.

If you would like to submit artwork, poetry, letters or reviews of books, C.D.’s, films or experiences, then feel free to email


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A-Z of Diagnosis

Information and advice on a range of mental health topics

Diagnosis Page

Service User Recovery Forum


Eating Disorder Participation Group

Cwm Taf Eating Disorder Participation Group

“If I am receiving treatment for my eating disorder, I want some say in how its delivered”
Eating Disorder Service User

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