Mental Health Support Available For Young Adults

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Mental health is hard to cope with but thankfully, young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff living with mental health issues can get help and support from a new project which is run by Aberdare-based charity, New Horizons.

The New Horizons Youth Project is for young adults aged between 18 and 25 who live in RCT and are experiencing mental health issues. Rhondda Cynon Taff council commissions New Horizons in order to provide services for young people who are experiencing mental health or emotional well-being issues. The organisation manages a range of resources and outreach centres throughout RCT, undertaking education and outreach work, providing information and support services.

The new project offers 1:1 support; access to a range of information, advice, counselling and training from partner agencies and access to an internet café.

Young people can also access an in-house Nintendo Wii and are encouraged to make use of the community leisure facilities to support their physical well-being.

The pilot project runs every Thursday from 4pm-9pm at the New Horizons Resource Centre at 16 Dean Street in Aberdare town centre until mid-June and young people can either come along alone or with the individual’s consent they can be referred by other agencies.

So, if you are a young person aged 18-25 and would like more advice and information regarding mental health issues or know someone who may benefit from the services and would like to find out more, please contact Natalie Jones or Kristy Davies on 01685 881113.

RCT’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Adults Social Services, Cllr Mike Forey, said: “New Horizons carries out important work in the field of mental health in our county borough and delivers a range of specialised services on behalf of the council. We are pleased that this beneficial service for young people has been introduced by the charity. The service will be used by young people with whom the Council’s Social Care services work but, importantly, it is also accessible more widely on a self-referral basis.”

The New Horizons mental health charity received a grant of just over £7,000 for the pilot youth project from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales. Find out more at the Youth Project’s web page  – newhorizons-mentalhealth.co.uk

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