World Mental Health Day 2013

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World Mental Health Day, celebrated on 10th of October every year, is a day that promotes awareness and understanding for those suffering from mental illness or those who know people who are. 

Mental illness is a very important issue in this day and age, where mental illnesses and those who suffer with them are rising in number in year as issues and illness are being diagnosed more commonly rather than being ignored or missed. Approximately 11% of people in Wales are currently being treated for mental illnesses, according to the Welsh Health Survey of 2012, which means that you could know someone who suffers from a mental illness.

This year in Rhondda Cynon Taf, a whole week is being planned, a World Mental Health Week, with many different events running each day. Here are some of them: 

Thursday October 10th  

  • New Horizons invite you to their open day at New Horizons, Appletree Stores Dinas, Rhondda. Find out what support is on offer from 1pm to 4pm.  

Friday October 11th  

  • “Walk For Health and Wellbeing” event in Ynysyngharad Park, Pontypridd, meeting at the park’s main entrance on Bridge Street to start the walk at 10.30am.  

If you, or someone you know, may need help with their mental health, here are some places you can find more information:

Anxiety UK tel. 08444 775 774 

web: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Information, counselling, helpline and online support for those suffering from anxiety disorders

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) 

tel. 0161 705 4304 

web: www.babcp.com

Online directory of psychotherapists

Carers UK

helpline: 0808 808 7777 

web: www.carersuk.org

Information and advice for carers


Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

tel. 020 3178 2199 

web: www.cnhc.org.uk

Regulatory body with a register of complementary therapy practitioners


Depression Alliance 

tel. 0845 123 2320 

web: www.depressionalliance.org

For anyone affected by depression

Hearing Voices Network 

tel. 0114 271 8210 

web: www.hearing-voices.org

Local support groups for people who hear voices

It’s good to talk 

tel. 01455 88 33 16 

web: www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

Information on counselling and psychotherapy and details of therapists


NICE 

web: www.nice.org.uk

Evidence-based guidelines on treatments

MDF The Bipolar Organisation 

tel: 01633 244 244 

web: www.mdfwales.org.uk

Local self-help groups and an online community


Mind

Tel: 0300 123 3393

Web: www.mind.org.uk

A mental health charity where you can to turn for advice and support

Samaritans 

helpline: 08457 90 90 90 

web: www.samaritans.org

24-hour emotional support and confidential counselling service for young people


EyetoEye

01443 204551

www.eyetoeyewales.co.uk

The voice for young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Young minds

02073368445

www.youngminds.org.uk

Treatment & education drug service across Rhondda Cynon Taf

01685880090

www.teds.org.uk

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