Day Services planning, groups and activities are operated primarily from our Head Office at 166 Newport Road but some groups and activities are carried out from centres around Cardiff.

Our skilled and committed staff work with people to support them to identify their goals and draw up a person-centred support plan which enables them to develop the necessary skills and confidence to increase social networks and find information on a range of issues such as benefits, housing, training, education, employment, sport and leisure.

Who Can Apply

The service is open to individuals that have experienced mental health issues, are over the age of sixteen, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability, and that are in need of support to resolve issues and enable them to manage and enjoy their life.

How to Apply

The service can be accessed by individuals or agencies on behalf of individuals. Click on the Contact Us tab.

An appointment will be arranged to give an opportunity to discuss problems and issues.This will enable the support staff the opportunity to obtain important information that will allow them to effectively meet the needs of the client. Following this initial appointment the client can apply to access the following services:


Coping with Life Courses


Anger Management

Anger is a bodily reaction to something that happens around us (an external event) and/or something that happens within us (an internal process). When a person gets angry, the nervous system makes changes to our body. 

The Cardiff Mind Anger Management course helps participants to recognise their triggers and signs that are lined to displays of anger, and explore ways of dealing with these signs.

Managing Depression

Depression is a mood disorder during which people feel varying degrees of low mood and they lose interest in things they once found enjoyable. They may withdraw from social contact, experience loss of energy, feel tired all the time, have difficulty concentrating and experience problems with memory. 

The course is based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques which will give the participants the skills to use in their everyday lives to tackle negative thinking patterns. The course explains the CBT tools which will allow participants to challenge their negative thoughts and use them to understand their depression and how to change it.

Managing Anxiety/Stress

The course is designed to help participants understand certain things about anxiety and stress. Each different type of anxiety disorder has its own characteristics that need to be addressed in particular ways. This course may help you to identify your own particular type of stress and anxiety and provide you with the tools to deal with this.

The course is designed to introduce ways of coping with some of the general symptoms of anxiety.

Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them'.

Building Self Esteem/Assertiveness Skills

Self esteem is the overall opinion that we have of ourselves; how we judge or evaluate ourselves and the value that we attach to ourselves as people. Low self esteem can impact upon an individuals daily routine by affecting work; personal relationships; self care and leisure activities. 

The Building Self Esteem course aims to enable participants to understand self esteem, recognise it and empower individuals to tackle it. The course is based around Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques and participants will learn how to use these CBT methods in their everyday lives to raise self esteem and become more confident.

Assertive behaviour is a way of communication in which  share our feelings thoughts and beliefs in an open and honest way without violating the rights of others. Many of us have difficulty in being assertive and his course helps to develop your skills to be able to say 'No' without feeling guilty or being taken advantage of.

Dealing with Significant Loss and Change

Relationship breakdown, injury, serious illness, unemployment and bereavement are losses that can affect us deeply. Shock, denial, anger, guilt, depression and loneliness may be the result of the loss. 

The course helps participants to identify strategies to help manage these feelings. The course is based around the understanding of the 5 stages of loss, as well as exploring other issues such as coping strategies, reactions and the importance of support systems.

MICHAEL'S PROJECT

Michael's project was established from a generous donation from a family who's son lost his battle with mental health. The stigma of mental health can be hard for anyone, but men have often grown up in a culture of 'big boys don't cry' and 'keep a stiff upper lip'. Aiming to break down these barriers and stigma, Michael's project offers a safe, relaxed environment for men to meet up on a regular basis and socialise with each other. Trips to the cinema, pub quizzes, and bowling are just some of the activities arranged on a monthly basis.  For futher information about the project contact:  Rob Withy on Cardiff 20402040 or e mail:  rob.withey@cardiffmind.org

Mind The Pennies – funded by ‘The Henry Smith Charity’

As a result of funding by the Henry Smith Charity, Cardiff Mind is able to continue a dedicated debt and benefit support and advisory service. Mind the Pennies provides advice and support on all types of benefit issues. 

This includes general advice on what benefits are available, help with completing forms and assessments;attending medical assessments and appeals with individuals; representation at appeals tribunals and accompanying individuals to work related activity interviews. We are also able to provide advice on debt and housing issues.

For further information, or to book an appointment please contact Chris Jones at: admin@cardiffmind.org or telephone 02920 402040.

Women’s Group

Come and meet the facilitators and see the new programme. Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Men’s Group

Come and meet the facilitator. Friday mornings 10.30am – 12.00pm.

Art Group

Wednesday mornings 11am – 1pm (£1 charge for materials).

Monday afternoons 3.00pm – 4.30pm.

ACT: Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Many people suffer a great deal experiencing emotional problems that sometimes threaten to overwhelm them. They do their best to control things and to change their life for the better, but sometimes the more they struggle, the worse things seem to get. As a result people are left with their worries, their anxiety, depression and distress. There is a natural tendency to put our lives on hold  - 'Once my depression goes I will... or once I have overcome this stress I will get back on with my life, but this may take a long time, and meanwhile the life you have maybe of very poor quality. Many people have found that by using new ideas and strategies taken from recent developments in therapy their quality of life can be improved.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in conjunction with Cardiff Mind are running ACT - inspired courses for groups of people who would like to ACCEPT the things out of their control and MAKE A COMMITTMENT to do what they can to improve and enrich their lives. You will not be asked anything about your personal circumstances or your problems whilst attending the course.

 If you are intersted in finding our more about these 4 week free courses (each session 2 hrs) then please contact: Rosemary Leigh on Cardiff 2040204 or e mail:  rosemary.leigh@cardiffmind.org



Starting an Activity Group at Cardiff Mind

We cannot cater for the wide range of interests that our service users enjoy, but also want to help social and leisure activities flourish if there is a real demand. Obviously we cannot offer support to Groups that have aims that are not in keeping with Mind values.

If you have the idea of starting a group this is what we can do to assist:

We can make our premises available free of charge to Service User groups or those who have used our services within a 12 month period provided that they take responsibility for securing the premises. These groups should have a minimum average of 6 people attending.

Where an activity requires outside assistance to provide the necessary skills we will in the first instance seek to recruit a Volunteer to lead the activity.

We may consider making resources available to employ tutors and/or potentially venues if these are required to enable the group to undertake an activity that provides them with life skills e.g. cookery and nutrition or for a performance. The expectation will be that after the programme service users will be able to undertake their own activities or move into mainstream activities and classes. This support will be limited to 8 sessions of a maximum of 2 hours.

Service users wishing to set up activity groups may do so via the Cardiff Mind Website and/or use of posters. There should be a maximum of 2 months publicity for the group or activity to drum up support.

Where the activities require equipment or materials it is expected that the costs will be borne by group members. If you have any ideas please get in touch by contacting Rose Leigh at rose.leigh@cardiffmind.org.


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