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January 23, 2017

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» Self Harm Support Group - Bridgend

1st & 3rd Monday of every month (exc. Bank Holidays) 6:30pm – 8pm MHM Wales, Union Offices, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JW

Self Harm Support Group – Bridgend

January 20, 2017

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» Mindfulness course now running!

We are really pleased that after the success of the 'taster’ sessions run on the Treforest campus before Christmas, Valley Steps have begun a full 6-week Mindfulness course. This will be followed by a 6-week Stress Control course in March. Both will be at The Hub, Treforest Campus (no. 26 on the Treforest Campus map).

6 week Mindfulness course

November 10, 2016

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» Cardiff Bipolar Support Group

Cardiff group is open to anyone aged 18-25 who is affected by bipolar.

Meets: 4th Tuesday of every month. There is no group meeting in December 2016

Time: 6.15pm – 7.45pm

Address: National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff

Postcode: CF24 4HQ

Info: The venue is fully accessible. Enter via the main entrance to the Hadyn Ellis building and the meeting room will be clearly signposted.

For more information, see Bipolar UK website

» Mindfulness Taster Sessions

Latest: Next Taster Session 23rd November 1pm to 3pm, The Hub, Treforest campus

We are pleased to announce that Valley Steps are coming onto Treforest campus to offer Mindfulness Taster sessions.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. It has shown to increase people’s sense of wellbeing, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and help people manage a wide range of physical conditions. So mindfulness isn’t only useful if you’re feeling stressed or have a mental health problem – it can help any of us enjoy a healthier, happier life.

Full information about the Taster sessions.

» Anxiety Awareness Sessions - Book now!

We are pleased to announce that we have arranged some Anxiety Awareness sessions for students during November.

These are a FREE sessions and will include excellent materials for you to use on the day and take away with you!

Seesions must be booked. Full information and how to book is available at this link

October 10, 2016

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» World Mental Health Day 2016

World Mental Health Day

Today October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business! #WorldMentalHealthDay & #WMHD16

Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times.

It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, university, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.

Whether we call it wellbeing, emotional welfare or mental health, it’s key to living a fulfilling life.

USW is supporting World Mental Health Day with a focus on Social Anxiety:

May 12, 2016

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» Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May and this year the theme is relationships.

MHAW good relationships

The idea is to get people to realise just how fundamental relationships are to our health and wellbeing. We cannot flourish without them. In fact, they are as vital as other lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.

We encourage, students, staff and the university to promote good relationships and to tackle the barriers to forming them, such as increased pressures on work–life balance and the impact of bullying and unhealthy relationships.

We urge you to go the extra mile in prioritising your relationships. Think about how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships, and ask yourself whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.

If you’d like more tips on Relationships and Mental Health follow this link

- See more at: The Mental Health Foundation Mental Health Awareness Week

February 29, 2016

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» Self Injury Awareness Day 2016

Self-Injury Awareness Day 2016

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) occurs on 1st March every year, and has done so for well over a decade.

SIAD is an international event that is recognised across the globe.

Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, helping to banish judgment and fear, and to reduce the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

What you can do?

See below for organisations that can provide resources and support, but they cannot fight stigma and educate the public all alone; they need your help. If you’d prefer to live in a world where people understand self-injury and don’t judge, where you can talk freely about mental health instead of being trapped in silence, then it’s all of our responsibility to educate. Here are some ideas from our colleagues at LifeSIGNS :-

Share the LifeSIGNS SIAD video

The new video slideshow thingy is available on Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr, and Twitter, and it would be awesome if you shared, reblogged, and retweeted it.

Stick up a poster or 2!

Print posters and stick them up wherever you can. You may need permission, or you may be able to use a notice board.
Poster – click to view and save, or ‘right-click‘ to save [3.2MB]
Poster – click to open, or ‘right-click‘ to save[3.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.6MB]

Buy a wristband

Raises awareness about self-injury, and directly supports LifeSIGNS by helping them to continue their work throughout the year.

Everyone wears a wristband for different reasons – there’s always something about memory involved – remembering the past, looking at how far you’ve come, and maybe how many more steps there are to take.

Some people show their wristband openly – as they’re able to say “It’s SIAD, I’m showing my support for friends on the web who shouldn’t be alone in their struggle”.

Hand out some fact sheets

Browse LifeSIGNS fact sheets and NSHN factsheets and print out any that are relevant in your life; leave some in your GP surgery or around work / uni.

There are fact sheets for parents, guys, friends, healthcare workers, teachers, employers and for people who hurt themselves. Free to download, free to print, free to share.

Contact your local radio station

Make a quick call or send an email asking for SIAD to be mentioned on 1st March.

You could give the LifeSIGNS web address or Self injury Support web address ask them to contact hello@lifesigns.org.uk or info@selfinjurysupport.org.uk for more information or an interview.

Mention #SIAD on your social networks and link to this page

Talk about SIAD on your Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook ; link to LifeSIGNS so people can read more about what it’s all about.

Write an article about self-injury

Blog Articles that discuss a person’s personal experiences of self-injury (and / or recovery) are always popular, and don’t need to be more than a few hundred words.

Send your non-triggering articles to hello@lifesigns.org.uk for publication before 1st March on their main blog.

Self-injury myths

Share these myths, and the hard truths. Don’t let people continue to believe these old tales.

What will you do?

We’ve made some suggestions, but it’s really down to you. What will you do to help raise awareness? Share your ideas by posting on our Twitter or Facebook pages.
Counselling & Mental Wellbeing Service on Facebook Counselling & Mental Wellbeing Service on Twitter

Remember, you don’t have to talk about yourself – you can talk about ’emotional well-being’ and what is happening on SIAD – you don’t have to get personal if you’re not comfortable.

This is a great time to ask for help and support if you’re ready to talk to someone about what’s behind your self-injury. Help yourself before you help others.

Self-injury Resources

  • The Amber Project -The Amber Project provides help and support to young people (14-25) who have experience of self harm.
  • CASIP user-led self-injury project based in Cardiff for adults, care givers and healthcare professionals. Run a weekly supportive self-help group on Monday evenings.
  • LifeSIGNS – LifeSIGNS is the user-led voluntary organisation raising awareness about self-injury.
  • Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) – a national organisation that supports girls & women affected by self-injury or self-harm: provides TESS text and email support; Women’s Self-injury Helpline; information & publications about self-injury; self-injury training courses for professionals; supports self-injury self-help groups
  • The Calm Zone: Self Harm – The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or geographic location can call the line.
  • Mind: self-harm Written to help you understand why you self-harm and what you and others can do to help.

February 9, 2016

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» Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is 22nd to 28th February 2016

Disordered eating might affect you or someone you know.

Effects include disrupted eating habits or weight control behaviour with physical, emotional and psychological changes. It can take many forms: restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupation with food, and altered mealtime behaviours, excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

If you or someone you care about seems to be troubled by disordered eating, follow this link

November 27, 2015

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» DDS Update

Please see the following update posted on the Disability & Dyslexia web-pages yesterday. Here is the link if you would like to take the opportunity to comment.

“A student has expressed concern about rumours regarding changes to the Disability and Dyslexia Service, so we’d like to keep you updated about what is happening.

The UK government has made wide-ranging changes that affect disability support services at universities in England and Wales. The University is in the process of reviewing how the Disability and Dyslexia Service will continue to offer excellent, professional support which meets student requirements and expectations while accommodating these changes.

Student wellbeing and support is a priority. Service changes are guided by students’ needs and student input will be considered throughout the review process and there will be opportunities to contribute to discussion. If you would like to submit any comments or suggestions at this stage, you can use the DDS Feedback form to let us know.”