Mental Health

People are finally realising that our mental health is just as important as our physical health!

Everyone has mental health – it just means having a healthy mind.

However, sadly, 1 in 4 people in the UK have a mental health problem each year.

The good news is that there is now quite a lot of support out there – and below we’ve put down some of the best helplines, websites and organisations for information and help.


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Meic – the national helpline for children and young people (0-25 years old) in Wales – text (84001), freephone (080880 23456), instant message or email for info, advice or advocacy.

ChildLine – a free 24-hour counselling helpline (by NSPCC) for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.

Samaritans – free 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs emotional support.

Your GP

Your GP may be the best starting point if you think you might be struggling with your mental health.

Your GP can talk through your concerns, point you in the right direction, prescribe books (yes, that’s a thing!), refer to a specialist, suggest great free courses, etc!

You can find info about talking to your GP about your mental health on this useful Mental Health Foundation page .

Top Cardiff Links

Child or young person in Cardiff? CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) can help work out and treat your mental, emotional or behavioural issues. Your GP can refer you. Here is a good explanation.

Action For Children’s The Blues Programme – Group based support for young people aged between 15-18 years in secondary schools and colleges in Cardiff. It will support you with emotional and mental health. Look out for The Blues Team in your school or college.

Cardiff & Vale Primary Mental Health Support Service (PMHSS) – Free NHS service in Cardiff & Vale, providing many free public courses and advice on goal-setting and local services.

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board’s Mental Health Directory – You can find loads of local mental health charities and organisations here, including in Higher Education.

CADARN – Emotional and Mental Health and Wellbeing services, mainly from Barnardo’s Cymru and funded by Families First in Cardiff.

Review: Cadarn – Emotional & Mental Health Services

Emotional Wellbeing Service – Cardiff and The Vale – New service from Change Grow Live which provides intervention and support for children and young people under the age of 18 living with emotional and mental health difficulties.

MindHub – Cardiff Youth Council and Cardiff & Vale Univeristy Health Board have teamed up on MindHub, which provides information and links to services in relation to your emotional health and wellbeing for young people in Cardiff.

Stepiau – A new service developed by the Primary Mental Health Support Service (PMHSS) for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Stepiau primarily provides accessible self help resources and links to local services as a first step to developing mental wellbeing.

Apps that can help

Calm Harm – Provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It is completely private and password protected.

Stay Alive – offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else.

SAM – an app to help you understand and manage anxiety.

Headspace – meditation and mindfulness made simple with this app.

More Top Local  Organisations

Barnardo’s Transitions 16-25 – Practical and emotional support for teenagers moving into adulthood and between mental health services – part of CADARN.

Your local Mind (search for ‘Cardiff’)

Sefyll – Have your say in how mental health services are run in Cardiff and the Vale.

Join The Dots – Young People’s Involvement Group on Mental Health Services in Cardiff & Vale.

The Amber Project – Supports any young person (aged 14-25) in Cardiff and the surrounding areas who has experience of self-harm.

Other links you might find useful – Find useful mental health books, websites, helplines services for young people. – Mental Health A-Z – Info and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

Video: I had a black dog, his name was depression – One of the best videos about mental health issues you’ll ever see (by World Health Organisation).

National Centre for Mental Health – Leaflets – Free, accurate, reliable and bilingual info leaflets on a range of mental health conditions.

Mental Health Matters – For Children and Young People – Made in North Wales but still lots of useful self-help info.

Bipolar UK – Information and support groups for people with bipolar, plus help for friends and families, too.

OCD Youth – OCD guides, articles and support for young people. Run by young people aged 13-25 with OCD for other young people with OCD. An OCD Action project.

Papyrus – charity for the prevention of young suicide. They run HOPELineUK, a confidential support and advice helpline for Young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide (or anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide).

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Helpline and web chat available.

No Panic – helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders. Helpline available.

TheSprout’s info section on Bereavement, Grief & Death – Links, advice and support for young people dealing with bereavement and/or grief in Cardiff.

Bereavement, Grief & Death

So many young people have written amazing Sprout pieces on mental health

Here are some of the best…

#MHAW17 – Time To Talk?

One In Five Of Us Feel Anxious A Lot Or All Of The Time

My Everlasting Cold A brilliantly written insightful and personal look at depression and its everyday real challenges.

Panic Attacks & Panic Disorders – A detailed look at the symptoms of anxiety and panic, some ideas as to how to manage it, and an intimate and honest personal story.

#MyStory: Road To Recovery

#MyStory: Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

#MHAW17 – MyStory: OCD

Campaigning & Raising Awareness

Time To Change Wales – First national campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health.

Heads Above The Waves – Raises awareness of self-harm in young people, promoting creative and positive ways of dealing with the bad days. Based in Cardiff!

All My Strength – Local mental health blogger.

Mental Health Foundation – UK-wide information and campaigns, including annual Mental Health Awareness Week (#MHAW).

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For more organisations or info about mental health, check out our database or contact Meic, the advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales –  Freephone: 080880 23456 / Text: 84001, Instant Message.

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