Clydach Peer Support Group

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION? If so, we would like to invite you to come along to Clydach's Peer Support Group. The group will meet weekly to share experiences, provide mutual support and gain information and advice on how to manage the symptoms in a confidential setting. WHERE: Cwmclydach Development Centre, Clydach Road, Tonypandy, CF40 2BD WHEN: Every Tuesday 1.00pm to 3.00pm For more information please contact: Sara Davies on 01443 424350 Corrina Ashford: 01443 439279



WHERE: Journeys, 38 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3RQ

WHEN: Every Wednesday for eight weeks starting on 10th June

TIME: 1.00pm to 3.00pm

COSTS: £10 per person - refundable on completion of course

Course includes refreshments, course materials, a copy of the self-management audio book ‘Taking Control: Healthy Strategies for Living with Depression’, and a selection of Journeys publications.

For more details please see attached information and application form.

Anti Stigma Ad Campaign

Journeys is committed to raising public awareness about depression. In the spirit of this cause, our new advertising campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with depression and mental illness by challenging the belief that mental illness is not a disease.


Is antidepressant research coming to an end?

With unemployment rising, public spending cuts becoming a reality, and the very real risk of a "double dip recession" on the horizon, we can expect many more people going to visit their GP with depression. 

Coffee really is a quick-fix

Caffeine is commonly used to give an energy boost when you are tired, but need to keep going.  However, new research published in the Journal Neuropsychopharmacology has found that you only get a boost if you use caffeine sparingly.

Is mental illness becoming fashionable?

Increasing numbers of people are choosing to be diagnosed as having bipolar depression according to a report in the Daily Mail. Reporting on an article in the official journal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists by Dr Diana Chan and Dr Lester Sireling, the article links the desire to be diagnosed as bipolar with high profile celebrities talking about their experiences of bipolar.

More "real" people please

Anti-stigma campaigns have often turned to celebrities to try to raise awareness of mental illness.  In our celebrity-obsessed culture, people may be more likely to take notice of a celeb with experience of mental illness.  But this approach has never been risk free.  Celebrities often come with their own agendas - a book to sell, a new movie or a music tour, or (even worse) some unpleasant behaviour (such as beating up a partner or watching kiddie porn) that needs excusing.  While celebrities' symptoms may be shared with others with mental illness, their socio-economic

The stigma dilemma

The big failing of Mental illness anti stigma campaigns is that they fail to recognise that there are, in fact, two distinct and diametrically opposed forms of stigma. 

Exercise in green space promotes mental health

Just 5 minutes exercise in "green space" such as a park or nature trail is sufficient to boost mental health, and is particularly beneficial for young people and people affected by mental illness according to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal

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