To show our support for World Mental Health Day, we’re joining partners in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area to illuminate some of our buildings and shine a light on mental health issues.
Tomorrow, some of our sites will be ‘going green’ to encourage people in our communities to talk to friends and family about the issues affecting them. We will also be signposting to support services, including BAVO, Interlink RCT, VAMT, Awen Cultural Trust, Wellbeing Merthyr and our local authority and town council partners.
Our sites to be illuminated include the Angelton Clinic at Glanrhyd Hospital, the front entrance and atrium of Ysbyty Cwm Cynon and the mental health unit at Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Other sites in our communities to be illuminated include Bridgend Civic Offices and the old bridge, Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion, the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, the Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, Pontypridd Museum and Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil.
Kathryn Rogerson-Davies of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Third Sector Mental Health Forum said: “These are distressing times for so many people, but help is available and a brighter future is possible if people reach out to local organisations. In Britain, we have trouble seeking support with mental health issues, but that needs to change. It’s great to see groups coming together to begin these life-changing conversations about mental health.”
Community and voluntary groups and individuals across the region are being encouraged to show their support for World Mental Health Day by lighting up their own premises or decorating their buildings in green. You can also help spread the word on social media using the hashtags #worldmentalhealthday and #mentalhealth.
World Mental Health Day takes place each year on October 10 to highlight the importance of emotional wellbeing and reduce the stigma around mental health. Anyone experiencing stress, anxiety or depression can take a look at our wellbeing pages, which have details of free resources and support services in our communities.
If you’re especially worried about your mental health or that of someone close to you, please speak with your GP or call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 4647. Support for a range of mental health issues is available at the directory www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk, while the Samaritans’ helpline is open 24/7 on 08457 90 90 90. CALL, the Community Advice and Listening Line is on 0800 132 737.