Mental Health Awareness Week

Events — Mental Health Awareness Week

14/05/2018 until 18/05/2018

Mental Health Awareness Week 14 – 18th May 2018

From Monday 14 May – Friday 18th May we’ll be running a whole host of events at the centre with various charities to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Mental Health Foundation, which runs Mental Health Awareness Week, has been pioneering change for more than 60 years, and is dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems.
Throughout the week, all proceeds from the land train will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out when the train will be running.
The staff at the centre will be fundraising, and we also have lots of opportunity for the local community to get involved, so make sure you join us!

Here’s a schedule of what’s on offer:

Monday 14 May
We’ll be hosting a team wellbeing breakfast at our Management offices here at the centre – why don’t you enjoy some time with your employees too?

10am – 3pm – British Red Cross Community Connectors

Everything that the British Red Cross Community Connectors offer is built around enabling people to realise the things they want to achieve.

At an introductory chat with one of our team members, we’ll explore your interests and what you want to achieve. We’ll identify ways you can start to do the things you want to do, or maybe even try something new. Together we’ll plan activities focussed in helping you towards the brighter and better connected future you want.

    • Supporting individuals to access activities and social groups
    • Building confidence and enabling individuals to become more independent
    • Encouraging and supporting individuals to access community groups, clubs and activities
    • Signposting/supported referral to other agencies
    • Providing emotional support

Tuesday 15 May
10am – 3pm – Cyfle Cymru
Cyfle Cymru, the peer mentoring service, will be at the centre offering help and advice for people affected by substance misuse and/or mental health conditions to gain the skills necessary to enter the world of work.


10am – 3pm Changing Minds Project Newport

Changing Minds provides tailored support to young people aged 14-25 across Gwent who have mental health problems.

They offer the following services for young people:

Self-Management Courses

A selection of 4-8 week courses such as Managing Anxiety and Coping with Depression. In a group setting young people will build their resilience and coping strategies.

Peer to Peer Support

The right kind of support can have a big impact in increasing wellbeing. Young people will be able to inspire hope and self-confidence by sharing their lived experience with other young people.

Wednesday 16 May
A team of the centre’s staff will be heading out during their lunch break and walking 5km around the Afon Lwyd River to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
For some, enjoying a walk in the fresh air and spending some time outdoors can do wonders for mental health, so why not join us?

10am – 3pm – Mind 

Mind believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They are here for you. Today. Now. They are on your doorstep, on the end of a phone or online. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. They’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. And will push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.

10am – 3pm – Hafal

Hafal (meaning ‘equal’) is the principal organisation in Wales working with individuals recovering from serious mental health illness and their families. Hafal delivers a range of services to people with serious mental illness including direct support and advice, support in a crisis, contact with others by phone, advocacy, support in a group setting, introductions for befriending, and employment and training projects. We also give clients a much-needed voice in the planning of mental health services.


Thursday 17 May
Head to Cwmbran Library to take part in a number of metal wellness activities including “Knit & Natter”

10am – 3pm – Gwent Regional Partnership


10am – 3pm – Dewis Cymru
Dewis Cymru, the online portal for all local and national wellbeing services, will be at the centre offering support and advice.

Friday 18 May
Cake Sale
Head to the customer service desk where our customer service team will be selling delicious sweet treats in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week.

10am – 3pm – Gambling Support Service
The gambling support service aims to raise awareness of gambling related harm through training and brief interventions. Based in Newport Citizens Advice, and serving all South-East Wales, they have been leading the way to tackle gambling related harm and support those who are at risk.

10am – 3pm – Training in Mind
Training in Mind, which provides mental health first aid training, mental health awareness training and ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training) will be on hand providing information and support.

We’ll be playing feel-good music throughout the centre during the week, but we also understand that some people also appreciate quite time, so Monday – Sunday 9.30am – 11am we will have no music playing.

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