ONE 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 interfere 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 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 interfere with a person's ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.

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 |


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)  |
T: 01633 244244

| C.A.L.L. (emergency helpline) |
T: 0800 132 737

| DAN 24/7 (drug and alcohol helpline) |
T: 0808 808 2234

| Gofal (independence and recovery) |
T: 01656 747722

| Hafal (mental health charity) |
T: 01656 732085

| Mental Health Matters Wales (mental health and wellbeing services) |
T: 01656 651450

Out of GP hours
T: 0330 123 9180

| Samaritans (24/7 emotional support line) |
T: 0845 790 9090

| Saneline (out of hours support) |
T: 0845 767 8000

Social Services (office hours)
T: 01656 642279

Social Services (out of hours)
T: 01443 849944

| Tŷ Elis (counselling services) |
T: 01656 786486


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 |