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  • Dr Geraint Preest

Mental health problems - Useful local resources

Mental health problems are some of the commonest reasons for visiting the surgery. This blog doesn't replace a consultation with a health care professional but merely intended to give you some local information that you may find useful.

Living Life Well Programme - 2018

The Living Life Well Programme runs three taught courses called STRESS CONTROL, ACTIVATE YOUR LIFE, INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS. Taught courses are delivered in a lecture style (not a group therapy). As such they contain no discussion of personal problems. This allows people who feel uncomfortable talking in front of others to attend without any concerns. There is a rolling programme of courses and workshops throughout 2018 in Bridgend. You can view the 2018 programme by clicking here.

A guide to self-help resources for improved wellbeing

You can view the Living Life Well guide by clicking here. This gives you information about accredited self help guides, computerised CBT guides, useful websites and telephone numbers, as well as the Book Prescription Wales scheme.

An overview of the Living Life Well resources collection can be found here.

The Samaritans

Samaritans offer a 24 hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support service.

You can find out more about Samaritans Wales by clicking here or by phoning 116 123 - it's free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Neu os ydych chi'n siarad Cymraeg: 0808 164 0123 (7pm-11pm, 7 diwrnod pob wythnos)

Drug and Alcohol problems

Dan 24/7 Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline is a free and confidential bilingual service. You can call DAN 24/7 anytime day or night for help and advice. Their website can be found here or you can phone or text on: Freephone: 0808 808 2234 Or text DAN to: 81066

ABMU Summary

A summary of emotional wellbeing services available from a number of providers can be found here.

For services in Bridgend:

RCT area patients

Our RCT area patients can access the Cwm Taf Mental Health Forum here.

There is also useful information from RCT Council about mental health services locally, here.

If you feel completely overwhelmed with mental health problems, the details of the RCT Crisis Intervention Team can be found here.


Finally, remember that we've provided a blog about Mindfulness self help treatment here. It's not for everyone, but many patients with stress, anxiety or depression find that it's a useful tool to help them to cope and stay healthy.

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