Mental Health…

Mental Health is a major factor for citizen and community life.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Neither is talking about it. It’s time to talk.”

Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing ForumMental Health Service User NetworkMHM WalesTogether for Mental HealthABMU Living Life Well ProgrammeSelf Help GuidesConfidence in Working TogetherTime to Change WalesDementia FriendsAlzheimer's & DementiaHomelessness & HardshipUseful LinksArticles

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Forum…

 The aims of the Neath Port Talbot Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Forum are:

–       To bring together Third Sector organisations and community groups providing information, services and/or activities with regards to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Neath Port Talbot.

–       To raise awareness of the needs and promote the rights of people living in the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council area with regards to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.

–       To establish a dialogue between Third Sector organisations so that their needs and concerns can be represented and reflected within all planning processes, which have an effect on the lives of residents in Neath Port Talbot in relation to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.

The Forum meets on a bi monthly basis. For further information, please contact Kathryn Evans, Mental Health Development Officer at NPTCVS on 01639 631246 or

Mental Health Service User Network…

The Neath Port Talbot Mental Health Service User Network exists so that all adults who are using the services provided by the Neath Port Talbot CBC Mental Health Services and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board within Neath Port Talbot can have a say in the way that the service is delivered and developed. The Mental Health Service User Network encourages and supports people to express their views to relevant staff and management, and it also speaks up on behalf of people who find it difficult to speak up for themselves.

The aims of the Service User Network are:

  •  To provide a mechanism for communication to take place between Neath Port Talbot CBC and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and the people who use their mental health services.
  • To create a more powerful voice for Service Users, leading to improvements in service planning and management.
  • To identify gaps in services.
  • To appraise mental health service users’ experiences of new mental health service developments.

The Service User Network meets on an eight weekly basis. For further information, please contact us on 01639 631246 or

MHM Wales – Self Harm, Self Help…

Together for Mental Health Local Partnership Board…

The Local Partnership Board provides the Western Bay Regional focus for the implementation of the Welsh Government Together for Mental Health Strategy. The key objectives and deliverables from the Strategy are provided through a three year rolling delivery plan for each Local Partnership Board in Wales. The objectives are closely monitored by the Welsh Government for local implementation and through regular performance management reporting.

Membership of the Local Partnership Board is sourced from the Health Board, Local Authorities, Third Sector Organisations, Service User and Carer representatives. The Board meets on a bi monthly basis.

For further information on the Local Partnership Board contact the Mental Health Development Officer at NPT CVS on 01639 631246.

ABMU Living Life Well Programme…

The Living Life Well Programme offers a range of services available to anyone in the community and includes:

  • Stress Control

This is the most commonly used stress management course within the NHS. It helps people to understand how stress and associated problems such as low mood, anxiety, panic and sleep affect them. The aim of the course is to help turn you into your own therapist; you are the expert on you, but the course is here to guide you in improving your understanding and management of stress. The course is run weekly over six sessions for approximately 90 minutes.

  • Activate your Life

The aim of the course is to help you understand why your struggles to overcome your problems may have been making things worse; it will help you to do things differently and to make life better for yourself. The course is run weekly over four sessions for approximately 2 hours with a break halfway through the session.

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing workshop explores evidence-based actions which promote wellbeing and discusses how we can incorporate such actions into our daily lives. The workshop runs for approximately 90 minutes.

There is a rolling programme of courses and workshops throughout 2016 in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea; morning, afternoon and evening courses are offered.

Further information, including course dates, can be found here.

Alternatively you can contact or text/call 07967612246

Self Help Guides…

A series of self-help electronic booklets have been developed by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The booklets cover a range of topics and include access to specific, service information per Local Authority area, self-help materials, carers information, and the Living Life to the Full programme – including dates and local venues for Stress Control Groups.

You can access the guides here:

Confidence in Working Together

Prepared by the Western Bay Local Mental Health Partnership Board, this booklet provides guidance in the sharing of information for carers, service users, and practitioners. It can be accessed in the Carers section of the Self Help Guides, which can be found here:

Time to Change Wales (TTCW)…

 The aim of the Time to Change Wales campaign is to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales. Time to Change Wales Champions are people with experience of mental health problems who play a leading role in this campaign. By speaking out about their experiences, they aim to change people’s attitudes and behaviours, and reduce stigma and discrimination in their communities.

Neath Port Talbot CVS has made a TTCW organisational pledge, which is a public declaration that an organisation wants to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. This pledge focuses the organisation to take actions that are realistic and that will lead to a reduction in discrimination within Neath Port Talbot CVS and the wider community. As part of the work, Neath Port Talbot CVS staff have already received an awareness raising training session from a TTCW campaign.

Further details on the Time to Change Wales campaign can be sourced at the following link:

Dementia Friends Campaign…

 Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the largest ever national initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts, and talks about the condition.

 A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

For further information on the campaign, please visit

If your organisation would like to arrange an information session for members of your organisation, please contact Neath Port Talbot CVS on 01639 631246 or by email

Alzheimer’s & Demetia

Alzheimer’s and dementia – your questions answered

Would you like to know more about Alzheimer’s or other dementias? Do you know anyone who’s been affected?

This complimentary guide is for anyone who is currently living with dementia, their carers, friends and families, as well as people who are worried about their health.

850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and 24.5 million have a close friend or family member with the condition.

Your complimentary 16 page guide contains clear answers to some of the common questions surrounding dementia.

Some of the questions answered include:

Do Alzheimer’s or other dementias run in the family?

Are there more women than men with dementia?

Can green tea, curcumin or cinnamon have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s or other dementias?

How can I reduce my risk of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia?

Where can I go for help?

Get your complimentary guide – click here.

Homelessness and Hardship Payments…

On 16 November 2016 the Department for Work and Pensions announced that jobseekers who are homeless or suffer from a mental health condition will now be able to access hardship payments immediately if they receive a benefit sanction. Hardship payments act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs, and are issued immediately to individuals who are sanctioned and meet certain criteria like having children, or a long-term health condition. The criteria will now extend immediate access to homeless people and individuals with a mental health condition. For more details, click here

Useful Links…


Useful information links from Mental Health Today:

Tŷ Elis Counselling – No charge- Donations according to means apply

Register for Counselling

Please call us: 01656 786486.  Our receptionists are empathic and friendly and will help you register for Counselling. It takes a few minutes.  You must call us yourself to register. You do not need to go via your GP and you do not need a diagnosis.  We are based in Porthcawl, Bridgend County Borough, but our services are open to anyone in South Wales and further afield if you can travel.

Workplace stress reduces mental ability to that of a small child, research claims



Alastair Campbell – ‘families aren’t equipped for mental illness’ – Mental Health Today

“When my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I was still in my teens,” Alastair tells Mental Health Today. “Donald was just a couple of years older than me. He was in the army at the time and he was admitted to a psychiatric military hospital near Southampton. It was one of the most horrific moments of my life. I’m not being critical of my dad because we were living in different times, but he had to get back to work. I don’t remember anyone telling me, this is how you look after someone who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. You kind of just make it up as you go along.”

Read the exclusive interview here.

The opposite of depression is play…

Allen Baird explores the medicinal value of play and practical ways to incorporate it into working life to help people’s mental health.

Read the article here.