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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our Newsletters >>
If you would like a printable version please click here>>
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
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.
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:
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
Check out all the Focus Group Blogs by clicking the link below.
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
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
Jan 25th - Jan 31st 2015
Jan 27th 2015
Jan 1st - Jan 31st 2015
Jan 31st - Feb 7th 2015
Feb 1st - Feb 28th 2015
Feb 1st - Feb 28th 2015
Feb 1st 2015
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 email@example.com
When: Monday 12th Jan 2015
Where: New Horizons 16a Dean Street, Aberdare
Course runs from 6pm-7pm for 4 weeks
for 18-25 year old's suffering from mental health problem.
Please contact Kristy for more information and to attend the course on 01685 881113.
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:
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:
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
Appointment to Cwm Taf Community Health Council Third Sector Member Nominations
Are you currently part of a third sector (voluntary) organisation in the Rhondda Cynon Taf or Merthyr Tydfil area? (You may be a volunteer, on the board, a member of staff or a Carer)
Would you like to make a positive difference and influence local health services for the benefit of local people?
The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint volunteer members to Cwm Taf Community Health Council. CHCs are the public’s independent ‘watchdog’ of the National Health Service in Wales. They represent the public interest and play an important role in influencing the way that health services are planned, delivered and improved.
CHC members are volunteers and their role is to act as the eyes and ears of patients and the public, listening to their concerns and working with the health service to improve the quality of patient care. Cwm Taf CHC is looking for third sector representatives from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, nominated by Interlink and VAMT.
The CHC is looking for people from all walks of life – the most important requirement is a genuine interest in improving health services for your community.
Some key skills which would be useful include:
- An interest in and understanding of local health issues.
- Being able to work in a team and with a diverse range of people.
- An ability to listen to others and exchange views.
Members will be expected to commit between 3 and 5 days per month, members are not paid but can claim expenses.
Please note, you must be a trustee, employee or volunteer with a third sector organisation operating in Rhondda Cynon Taf or Merthyr Tydfil.
To apply for nomination please contact:
Anne Morris, Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat, Pontypridd. CF37 5BE.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01443 846200.
Or Sharon Richards, VAMT 89-90 High St; Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8UH.
Email: Sharon.Richards@vamt.net Tel: 01685 353932
If you want more details about the work of Cwm Taf CHC and the role of a CHC member, please contact: Chief Officer Dr Paul Worthington.
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 01443 405830.
Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 2nd February 2015.
Understanding the National Assembly for Wales.
The Involve 2 Evolve (Mental Health Involvement) Project is holding a workshop on Understanding the National Assembly for Wales.
When: Monday 9th February
Where: YMCA Pontypridd
This is a unique opportunity for service users and carers to come along and find out about the role of the Welsh Assembly and the various ways that you can be involved in the decision-making process in Wales.
The workshop will be facilitated by Lowri Harries from the National Assembly
Refreshments will be provided and travel expenses can be reimbursed. To book your free place, please contact
Rachel on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Poster here
New Opportunity In Mental Health
The Involve 2 Evolve (Mental Health Involvement) Project
is holding an informal workshop
When: Tuesday 27th January
Where: At the YMCA Pontypridd
For people to be involved in developing the mental health information leaflets that are available at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
Sam Shore, who is a senior nurse at the mental health unit, would like to meet with service users and carers to gather people’s views and suggestions about the leaflets that are currently available.
If you would like to attend, please contact Rachel
on: 01443 846200 or email email@example.com
If you would like an informal chat about Care and Treatment Planning, again please contact Rachel.
Download Poster here.
Do you care about loneliness amongst older people?
Would you listen to peoples stories and be part of an exciting new research project?
When: 16th January.
Where: Glamorgan Conference Centre,
Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL
First Session to find out more...
From: 9.30 - 2pm
Listening to peoples stories can help
• understand the whole person
• helps us learn together (how we can support people experiencing isolation or loneliness)
• understand how to reconnect with others on their own terms.
• this is great for everyone including befrienders, neighbours, professionals and people who care
• Be part of an interesting project with other like-minded people
• Make a difference to people’s lives
• Learn and share your skills
• Decide how much time you have to give (whether an hour or two now and then or more)
FREE LUNCH AND TRANSPORT
Download Poster here
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
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.
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)
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>>
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.
For a review by New Horizons's Youth Project member's
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.
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?
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.
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.
People who inspire us
Read how famous people who have suffered from a mental illness have inspired us - Click Here
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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?
If yes, come and join the Carers Group. Read More
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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