Anya: Dealing With Self-Image, Anxiety and Low Mood 

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This blog is part of TheSprout’s Supporting Young Cardiffians campaign. It tells the story of 17-year-old Anya, who got support from the Family Help Team, part of Cardiff Family Advice and Support service.

Why did you contact the Cardiff Family Gateway?

Anya was referred to the Cardiff Family Gateway through her school because she “had a low mood and problems with my self-image”. She says that the process of contacting CFAS and getting help “was simple and easy to follow”.

What support did you receive? 

The support that Anya received really “helped my anxiety”. She had sessions once per week.

How has the support provided by CFAS helped you and your family? 

Anya says that the “support helped her learn and reassured me to have a different mindset. The best thing about the service was how there was always a new method or strategy to help.”

Related Information

This is a true story from a young person who accessed help from Cardiff Family Advice and Support service. To respect the privacy of the young people who shared their stories with us, we have changed their names to keep them anonymous. To read more stories about how CFAS has helped young people and their families, click here.

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To get in touch with CFAS for free call 03000 133 133 or email

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