Mental health and wellbeing

Photo of young manONE IN FOUR of us experience mental health problems at some time in our lives. Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress and grief, but symptoms of mental illnesses last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events.

When these symptoms become severe enough to intefere with a person’s ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness. Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress or grief, but symptoms of mental illness last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events. When these symptoms become severe enough to intefere with a person’s ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.

Contact us…

If you are an individual or a group from Bridgend County Borough who promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, or provide a service for people with a mental health issue, please contact BAVO. We can give you information, training and advice on mental health policy, funding etc. If you are a mental health service user, or a carer, we work with other agencies in mental health service planning to best fulfill the needs of service users and carers.

If you want to set up a group we can give you advice about getting started and provide you with resources and access to other specialist groups who might be able to help you further.

Find out about local mental health and wellbeing networks here

Covid-19 and the impact on mental health and wellbeing

Recent surveys undertaken by members of the public show a dramatic increase in those experiencing anxiety due to factors such as:

  • personal health;
  • concern about the health of loved ones;
  • concern about personal finances;
  • worry about the wellbeing of children and their education;
  • loneliness and social isolation.

From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the third sector has been leading the way locally in providing support to vulnerable groups and individuals and those reluctant to access public services, be that for fear of the virus or just not wanting to put pressure on the NHS.

With the majority of services being telephone and online based, people in need have still been able to access befriending, peer support and therapeutic activities. The overwhelming public response to the call for volunteer action has helped to bolster local groups and organisations in continuing to support their service users and members.

What are your thoughts on mental health provision over the last year?

Senior Cwm Taf Public Service Board Kirsty Smith is carrying out a scoping exercise into mental health provision across Cwm Taf Morgannwg (Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend areas) on behalf of the Public Services Boards and the Regional Partnership Board. Find out more here

How can I look after my mental health and wellbeing?

The period we are living through is difficult for many. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing may be more challenging than usual because of work or financial worries and not being able to see friends and family as you usually would.

A lot of people have felt sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during the pandemic. If you have concerns, try to talk to others rather than dealing with them on your own.


How are you? No matter how you’re feeling, support is available 24/7.
Call 0800 132737 or text “help” to 81066

Sut wyt ti? Sut bynnag wyt ti’n teimlo, mae cymorth ar gael 24/7.
Galw 0800 132737, neu tecstio ‘help’ i 81066

Support your mental wellbeing

Feeling down or anxious? Extra help for your mental wellbeing is available across Wales, online and over the phone. These resources are safe, free, and you don’t need a referral, so take a look here and see what can help you today. 

Mental health support contacts

If you are concerned about your mental health, you should first visit your GP who is able to treat some less complex mental health conditions and will be able to prescribe any medication that may be needed.

Bi-Polar UK (supporting people with Bipolar Disorder) 

C.A.L.L.  – Community Advice and Listening (emergency helpline)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind

DAN 24/7 (drug and alcohol helpline)

Platfform (formerly Gofal)

Gofal (independence and recovery)

Hafal (mental health charity)

Mental Health Matters Wales (mental health and wellbeing services)

NewLink Wales (formerly Ogwr DASH – drug and alcohol)

Out of GP hours – T: 0330 123 9180

Samaritans (24/7 emotional support line)

Saneline (out of hours support)

Social Services (office hours) – T: 01656 642279
Social Services (out of hours) – T: 01443 849944

Tŷ Elis (counselling services)

WCADA(drug and alcohol)

Self-help website information

There are also a huge range of self help materials available. To find how you can take control over issues such as alcohol, abuse, anxiety, depression, bereavement, low mood etc.

Read more on the self help website

Latest news…

Free online mental health resilience skills courses for Bridgend

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Thursdays starting 22 April 2021 from 10am – 12.30pm (six weeks)

Resilience Skills
Thursdays starting 10 June 2021 from 10am – 12.30pm (three weeks)

The courses are run in partnership with New Horizons Mental Health, Mental Health Matters and Adult Learning Wales.

Courses are delivered online with Microsoft Teams live sessions with tutor and work sheets on moodle.  Find out more here.

To enrol on the course please send your name and email to: or telephone 01685 881113

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