Mental Health

Mental health is not something to hide, it’s just as important as your physical health. Lots of campaigns and organisations are encouraging people to talk about it. Research shows that one in every eight child or young person has a mental health problem, so it’s more common than you think. Don’t be embarrassed by your mental health, seek the help that you need.

There is lots of support out there and we’ve listed some of the best organisations, helplines, websites, apps and blogs below.

Mental Health Advice in Cardiff

Family Wellbeing Service– Barnardo’s CymruHelp and support for families and family members in Cardiff who need support for emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Your local GP – CVUHB – This may be the best starting point for you if you’re struggling with your mental health. They can talk through your concerns and point you in the right direction, prescribe books, refer to a specialist, suggest free courses etc.

CAMHS Cardiff and Vale – The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)  can help work out and treat your mental, emotional or behavioural issues. Your GP can refer you to them. Young Minds has a good explanation of CAMHS on their website.

Blue’s Programme – Action For Children – A six-week preventative course with group based support for young people aged 13-19 who are suffering from, or at risk of developing a mental health problem. Keep an eye out for the Blues Team in your local school or college in Cardiff. Check out this Sprout article all about it.

Cardiff & Vale PMHSS– The Primary Mental Health Support Service (PMHSS) is a free NHS service in Cardiff & Vale for people of all ages. Following referral from your GP or community mental health team they will help you with your recovery with free courses and advice on setting goals and local services.

Cardiff & Vale Action for Mental Health (CAVAMH) – Support to develop mental health services, some of these include: Sefyll – giving people a voice in the running, planning and development of mental health services. Join the Dots – listening to young people’s feedback to develop emotional and mental health action plans. Pave the Way – supports people into volunteering to help with their mental wellbeing.

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Cardiff – They can provide support with finding mental health services to people aged 18-65 suffering with serious mental health problems. Access through GP, service provider or sometimes self-referral.

Mental Health Directory – CVUHB – Lots of information about local mental health charities and organisations.

Headroom – an NHS service working with Barnardo’s supporting young people (14-25) who have had their first experience of psychosis. Referral is from a secondary mental health service that is already working with the young person. They will help you get access to specialist services, develop life skills and improve your daily life.

Emotional Wellbeing Service Cardiff and the Vale – A part of Change Grow Live, providing intervention for emotional wellbeing in children and young people. Help to develop coping strategies and learn new ways to feel better and make positive changes.

Mindhub – A hub created by young people for young people. Emotional health and wellbeing information and links for young people in Cardiff.

Stepiau – A service developed by PMHSS for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Self help resources and links to local services to help with mental wellbeing.

Cardiff Mind – A mental health charity supporting people in mental distress. They provide support for a wide range of issues to help people get their lives back on track. They provide counselling, day services, supported accommodation, community support and domiciliary support. Their National website has a great A-Z of mental health that you can look through to find explanations, symptoms, causes, self-care and treatments. They also have a Your Stories section where people living with mental health problems share their stories.

The Amber Project – Supports any young person (aged 14-25) in Cardiff and the surrounding areas who has experience of self-harm. They offer counselling, workshops, theatre workshops and informal support.

ChatHealth – A text-messaging service for 11-19-year-olds to contact your school nurse about anything on 07520 615718. You can text anytime but will get a response between Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

National Services

Cruse Bereavement Care – The death of a loved one can cause mental health problems like depression, anxiety etc. Confidential support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Young Minds – A charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Find out how to look after yourself, about feelings and symptoms and the different mental health conditions there are. Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger free 24/7 if you’re having a mental health crisis, text YM to 85258.

Mental Health Foundation – Improving mental health services and promoting mental wellbeing. They have an A-Z of mental health on their website where you can learn all about the different conditions and where to get help. The Mental Health Foundation has a handy guide on how to talk to your GP about your mental health problems.

The Mix – Support for under 25’s. Their Mental Health advice has loads of expert advice and true stories if you’re worried about your mental health or someone else’s.

Moodzone – NHS– Tips and advice, self-help and treatments, other people’s stories and where to get urgent help.

Childline – The Childline website has lots of information and advice about mental health, anxiety, stress, self-harm etc. in their Your Feelings info section. They also have a helpline if you want to talk to a counselor about these feelings on 0800 1111 24 hours a day.

Samaritans Cymru– Free 24-hour helpline for anyone in emotional distress or thinking of suicide. They offer a safe place to talk at any time. They will look at your options, understand your problems and be there to listen. You don’t have to share your personal details. Call: 116 123 (24 hours a day 7 days a week). Welsh line: 0808 164 0123 (Varying times during the week – check their website here). E-mail:

National Centre for Mental Health – Researchers from Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor University working to learn more about the triggers and causes of mental health problems. On their website they have downloadable mental health leaflets, information about mental health medications, online tools and videos.

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

OCD Youth – Increasing awareness and support for young people under 25 affected by OCD. Run by young people with OCD, for young people with OCD. Information, blogs, resources, videos, forums and more.

Papyrus – Preventing young suicide and encouraging society to talk openly about the subject. Hopeline UK is a specialist confidential support and advice line for children and young people up to the age of 35, who may be having thoughts about suicide (or worried about a young person): 0800 068 41 41

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 or webchat, 5pm to midnight, 7 days a week.

No Panic – Helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD and other related anxiety disorders. Their Youth Hub looks at what these individual conditions are and different resources that can help. Their youth helpline is for young people aged between 13 and 20 who need help with the above issues. Call 0330 606 1174 3-6pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and 6-8pm Thurs and Sat.

Time To Change Wales – A national campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health. Join the campaign for young people aiming to change attitudes towards mental health #WeCanWeWill.

Heads Above The Waves – Raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people, promoting creative and positive ways of dealing with the bad days. They have some positive coping techniques to share and feature other people’s stories to show that you’re not alone. They also have specific advice about lots of different things from coming out as LGTBQ+ to Surviving School to Telling Someone That You Self-Harm.

Meddwl.orgA place where you can get support, learn about different mental health disorders, read about the experiences of others and get information on where to get support – all through the medium of Welsh. The aim is to make it easier to find Welsh language mental health information by bringing everything together in one place.

Call Meic

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If you need more information about mental health issues and services that can help contact the Meic helpline. Meic is an advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales. Call free on 080880 23456, text 84001 or Instant Message.

Useful Apps

Stressheads – Don’t stress it. Beat it. Turn your screen into a stress-relief tool.

Calm Harm – When the urge to self-harm comes, help fade those feelings by using the Calm Harm app to distract, comfort, express and release.

Stay Alive – A pocket suicide prevention resource with information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.

SAM App – Self Help Anxiety Management – Helping you understand and manage anxiety.

Headspace– Meditation and mindfulness made simple with this app.

What’s Up? – Helps keep track of your thoughts, feelings and things going on in your life. Maintain good habits and break bad ones. There’s a grounding game with over 100 different questions which helps when things get too much and it also teaches you about the most common negative thinking patterns and how to counteract them.

MindShift – designed to help young people cope with anxiety. Learn how to relax and take charge of your anxiety.

Action for Happiness – A happiness and well-being app to track your happiness journey, share kidness with a community and get daily nudges to help you to feel good.

Blogs and guides

Music and my mental health – Laura’s Story – Mind

Gwen’s journey with Bipolar – Mind

The stresses of everyday life – Stacie-Mai’s story – Mind

My Story: OCD – theSprout

My Everlasting Cold – Depression – theSprout


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