ACTivate Your Life

A Free Online Self-Help Course

This free course is designed to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health and for some people life can be particularly difficult.

The course can help you to take greater control of your actions, so that day-to-day life becomes less distressing and more enjoyable. You will learn practical and effective ways of dealing with thoughts and feelings that may be causing distress.

The course has been developed for you by Dr Neil Frude and will help you find out what is really important to you and give you the skills to be able to live your life with more confidence and a greater sense of purpose.

ADHD Connections


We are a charity providing peer to peer support for families and children with ADHD across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

We share good practice and useful advice, as well as understanding the difficulties faced by families who are supporting children and young people with ADHD.
We provide support and activities for families and work alongside schools and local authorities to improve policies and support for children with ADHD.

Adult Mental Health - Community Mental Health Teams

Bridgend NORTH: Maesteg Hospital, Neath Rd, Maesteg, CF34 9PW | Tel: 01656 754 278

Bridgend SOUTH: 71 Quarella road, Bridgend, CF31 1YE | Tel: 01656 763 000

We provide a range of community-based mental health treatments and therapies for people who need support for their mental health issues. We take referrals from consultant psychiatrists, acute inpatient mental health wards and our mental health assessment team. If you feel that you need support from any of our services, speak to your GP to request a referral. Your local Community Mental Health Teams team will then do a thorough assessment with you to make sure you’re signposted to the right services. Together with you, we will create a care plan to support you in the best way possible.

Adult Mental Health - Home Treatment Team

Tel: 01656 752 666

The Home Treatment Team has two main functions - to provide an alternative to hospital admission and to facilitate early discharge from the acute wards. After an initial assessment a plan of care is agreed with you and the relevant professional.

We support you with your progress. As you improve we will see you less often and discuss with you what follow up arrangements will be suitable in your case. A referral is required for the home treatment team from a mental health professional. The service is aimed at those adults between the age of 18 and 65.

Adult Mental Health - Older Person's Referral Pathway

Tel: 01656 752 752

The Referral Pathway Team provide a single point of access for GP,s, Social Workers, Other Professionals for people over 65 experiencing mental health problems or under 65 if they have memory issues. The service is aimed for those adults over 65 experiencing mental health issues or under 65 if they have memory issues. People who require this service can be referred by GPs, Social Workers, Other Professionals.

Adult Mental Health - Older Person's Primary Assessment Team

Tel: 01656 763 097

The Primary Assessment Team provide a comprehensive initial assessment to people with lived experience referred to our services. The initial assessment will be held at either our Hospital, Out Patients Department or at their home. People who require this service can be referred by GPs, Social Workers, Other Professionals. – People referred to our Assessment Team will have a mild/moderate mental health issues, either cognitive/functional in nature or severe.

Alzheimer’s Society

Tel: 0330 330 0804 (General Enquiries)

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.

Andy's Man Club


On average one man every 2 hours takes his life in the UK. It’s often said a factor is that men don’t talk. Thats why we were born to break down these stigmas. At ANDYSMANCLUB you don’t have to be suicidal or have a mental health problem, we just want to get men talking.

Andy's Man Club have clubs right across the UKFind your nearest here

Anxiety UK
Email: | Tel: 01612 267 727 (General Enquiries)

Do you often feel anxious, fearful or stressed? You’re not alone. There are millions of people like you. However, we can offer you an extensive range of expert help designed to help you to control your anxiety rather than letting it control you

ARC (Assisting Recovery in the Community)
Address: ARC, Quarella Road, Bridgend | Email: | Tel: 01656 763 176

Assisting Recovery in the Community (ARC) is a service which provides day time opportunities for individuals with mental health issues. ARC offers assessment and support to enable people experiencing mental health problems to access mainstream community facilities and activities as well as specialist services.

Autism Directory

Email: | Tel: 01443 844 764

The Autism Directory is a registered charity (no. 1143855) working to support autistic individuals and their families at a grass roots level in the community.We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to create a better and more independent life for themselves, and with the right support and resources this can be achieved.

Bipolar UK
Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Tel: 01656 674 951 (Ty Lidiard)

Tel: 01443 443 008 (Tonteg Hospital)

CAMHS is a team of professionals with different backgrounds, skills and training relevant to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. They provide support to children and young people and their families in a number of ways including talking therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapies and family therapy. Referrals to CAMHS can come from a range of professionals including GPs, Children’s Services and Paediatrics.

Depending on the needs of the patient, support and services could be delivered in the community by GPs, Schools, Social Workers, Youth Workers, Voluntary Agencies, Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers.

Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male.  Suicide is now the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 49 in England and Wales.

Care Choices
Information about finding care and support for adults and elderly relatives. Website includes directory of care homes in UK regions, such as Bridgend.

Cartrefi Cymru
Email: | Tel: 01656 655 606
Cartrefi Cymru is a not-for-profit organisation that supports people in Wales to lead fulfilled lives, at home and in the community. Supporting people and building community in Wales. Putting people at the heart of our decision-making and support. Working to achieve the highest standards of service quality and ethical business behaviour.

Tel: 02920 222 000
Cavamh is an umbrella organisation which works with third sector groups with an interest in mental health, as well as mental health service users and carers, living or operating in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Email: Tel: 01267 244 200 | Helpline: 0800 328 1159

Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with brain-related neurological conditions, through research, education and direct, ongoing support. We aim to help all children up to 16yrs with neurodevelopment disorders and conditions, their parents, carers and professional practitioners.

CMHT (Adult Community Mental Health Team)

Bridgend NORTH: Maesteg Hospital, Neath Rd, Maesteg, CF34 9PW | Tel: 01656 754 278

Bridgend SOUTH: 71 Quarella road, Bridgend, CF31 1YE | Tel: 01656 763 000

We provide a range of community-based mental health treatments and therapies for people who need support for their mental health issues. We take referrals from consultant psychiatrists, acute inpatient mental health wards and our mental health assessment team. If you feel that you need support from any of our services, speak to your GP to request a referral. Your local Community Mental Health Teams team will then do a thorough assessment with you to make sure you’re signposted to the right services. Together with you, we will create a care plan to support you in the best way possible.

Counselling Directory
Directory of local counsellors


Cyfle Cymru

Email: | Tel: 01492 863 007

Peer mentors who help people to develop confidence, and provide support to access training, qualifications and work experience.They help people affected by substance misuse and/or mental health conditions to gain the skills necessary to enter the world of work.

Depression Alliance
Depression Alliance, the UK’s leading charity for people with depression, believes that the stigma and lack of accurate information surrounding depression continues to prevent people from seeking and finding appropriate and vital help when it is required. Early intervention and information are crucial in enabling those affected by depression to recover quickly and – critically – in preventing further episodes.

Dystonia Society
Tel: 02077 933 651 | Helpline: 020 7793 3650
Providing support, advocacy and information for anyone affected by the neurological movement condition known as Dystonia.

Equine Therapy Wales
Email: | Tel: 07557 878 917
Equine Therapy Learning is a combination of Equine Therapy, CBT Counselling and Alternative Learning. We provide an effective unique programme of Equine Therapy Learning in a beautiful peaceful location in the Vale of Glamorgan working to help vulnerable people and families with a range of issues. We offer support to every individual, everyone can benefit and every session is specifically tailored to that persons needs.

Eye to Eye Counselling
Email: | Tel: 01443 202 940
Eye to Eye has been a registered charity since July 1995.

Eye to Eye Young People’s Counselling Service offers free and confidential counselling to young people aged 10 to 25 years in schools and the community in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

First Person Plural

Email: | Tel: 01902 810 082

National survivor-led association for ALL who are adversely affected by complex dissociative conditions to have free and easy access to a range of relevant specialist assessment, treatment, care and support services which offer the hope of recovery and an improved quality of life.

Food Shed
Email: | Tel: 01656 734 393

We are a social enterprise offering a fresh meal delivery service 365 days a year in the County Boroughs of Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot.

Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties
Our work influences government and local authority policies and services so that they better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. Please note that we are not able to advise people directly on their personal circumstances.

Helpline: 0300 123 66 00 or Text: 82111
Need to know about drugs? Talk to FRANK.


Gamblers Anonymous UK
Email: | Tel: 0330 094 0322 (Information Line)

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same. Pop on to the website to find a meeting near you and get the help you have been looking for.

Tel: 0207 428 5400

Gingerbread provides advice and practical support for single parents.

Gypsies and Travellers Wales

Email: | Tel: 02920 214 411

We support and enable Gypsies and Travellers to achieve an equitable and high quality standard of living

Email: | Tel: 01792 816 600

Hafal is a Member-led Charity, covering all of Wales, that supports people with mental health problems – with a special emphasis on those with a serious mental illness – and their carers and families. We also support others with a range of disabilities and their carers and families.

Email: | Helpline: 0808 800 2244

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were. Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services.

Hearing Voices Network Cymru

Hearing Voices Network Cymru was founded in 2001, it exists to raise awareness of hearing voices from a variety of perspectives. There are locally based Hearing Voices Groups across Wales.

Homestyle Care
Email: | Tel: 01656 333 023

Homestyle Care Limited provides a homely environment offering personal care for people 18+ with learning difficulties. Our aim is to create an environment which will provide a welcome provision to Individuals who want to live independently while having the opportunity of varying degrees of support.

Hypnotherapy Directory
Search for qualified  hypnotherapists in your area.

Helpline: 0808 802 3456
MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.

Men’s Sheds Cymru
A Men’s Shed is a safe and nurturing environment where Men, who have time on their hands for whichever reason, can go to work on projects and activities which interest them. Men’s Sheds welcome everyone who have time on their hands whether that’s due to unemployment, retirement, bereavement, disability or simply if someone’s new to an area and are looking for ways of finding out about what’s going on within a community. We’re here to help get sheds up and running in communities such as yours, all across Wales.

Mental Health Foundation
We are committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives.

Prevention is at the heart of what we do. Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 70 years and we aren't afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.

Mental Health Matters Wales
Email: | Tel: 01656 651 450
MHM Wales works with people who have a mental health related issue, other voluntary organisations and statutory services to promote mental well-being and to ensure there is a comprehensive range of mental health services in Wales. Services include Advocacy, Counselling, Eating Disorders Support, Self-Injury Support, Anxiety & Depression Support, Dementia services and more.

Mind Cymru
Email: | Tel: 0300 123 3393 (Infoline)

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

This portal contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues.

National Autistic Society (NAS)
Email: | Tel: 0207 833 2299 (General Enquiries)

We're here to help the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and their families. Be it running specialist schools, campaigning for improved rights or training companies on being more autism-friendly, we are dedicated to transforming lives and changing attitudes.

National Centre for Mental Health

1 in 4 people are affected by mental health problems each year. We’re working to learn more about what causes these problems, from our environment and life experiences to our genetics and biological makeup. NCMH is working towards establishing an infrastructure in Wales  to better enable researchers to carry out high quality mental health research. By understanding the causes, we can work to develop better diagnosis, treatment and support for the future.

New Pathways
Tel: 01685 379 310

We are specialist providers of rape crisis and sexual abuse support services for women, men and children. If you have experienced trauma, particularly from rape or sexual abuse, we won't judge and we are here to help’

Never suffer in silence, please contact us...

NHS Direct Wales
Tel: 0845 46 47
NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day. Calls cost a maximum of five pence per minute from a BT landline. The cost of calls from mobiles and other networks may vary.


Email: | Helpline: 0808 800 5000

The NSPCC’s work is focused on helping those children who are in greatest danger and distress. Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood.

Parkinson’s UK
Email: | Tel: 0207 931 8080  | Helpline: 0808 8000 303
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years we’ve been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

Patient Access
Patient Access lets you use the online services of your local practice. These may include arranging appointments, repeat medication, secure messages, medical record and updating your details.

Email: | Tel: 01656 647 722

Our mission is to be a platform for connection, transformation and social change and our vision is sustainable wellbeing for all.

Public Health Network Wales
Public Health Network Cymru is for everyone in Wales with an interest in advancing public health. The Network’s website exists to support professionals from all sectors who contribute to public health development in Wales, by providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for instant access to comprehensive public health information, current and emerging news items and communities of interest.

Rethink Mental Illness

We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Our goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

SADA (Seasonal Affective Disorder Association)
Our website offers lots of information about SAD and SADA. Members have access to their own area of the website where they can download our information booklet, newsletters, scientific and general articles. There is a postal service for those who need it. Members are offered email and telephone support.

SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

Helpline:  116 123
Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.


Free online self-harm support for 14-19 year olds.

Email: | Tel: 01656 651 450
If you are aged 16+ and have self harmed or know someone who has, the SHARE self-harm peer support group is your opportunity to address the underlying issues of self harm and discus the treatments and support available.

Email: | Tel: 01656 651 450

SORTED is our peer 2 peer support to people with all types of eating disorders including their carers, families and friends.

Talking Connections
Email: | Tel: 01656 651 450

Talking Connections is the name of the Counselling Service, delivered by Mental Health Matters Wales, in the borough of Bridgend for people aged 18+.

The Recovery Letters
The Recovery Letters publishes letters online from people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently suffering.

The Well
Email: | Tel: 07805 426347

The Well is a small family run Counselling and Holistic Therapy centre based in Bridgend town centre, offering counselling, psychotherapy and complimentary therapies.

Time to Change Wales
Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Tourettes Action
Tourettes Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. We want people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.

Traumatic Stress Wales

Email: | Tel: 01443 443 443 ext. 78100 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm)

raumatic Stress Wales is a national initiative that works through a network of easily accessible, locally based services centred around the people they are trying to help with streamlined care pathways to avoid unnecessary repeated referral and assessment. The initiative covers children, young people and adults, and is co-produced, co-owned and co-delivered by all relevant stakeholders, including people with lived experience of PTSD and CPTSD.

Trinity Care and Support
Email: | Tel: 01656 782 104
Trinity Care & Support in Porthcawl, offers short-term respite care services to families who have a child or adult with a Learning Disability living with them. We give person-centred support – we put the people we work for at the centre of their Domiciliary Care service. We offer personalised activities that enhance, teach and strengthen each individual, allowing them to live the life they want.

Ty Elis Counselling
Email: | Tel: 01656 786 486
Not for profit organisation, based in Bridgend County Borough, South Wales, that provides Counselling and Psychotherapy to all individuals aged 18 years and over from all ethnic and social backgrounds.

Vale Mindfulness


Vale Mindfulness delivers mindfulness training to help adults & chiildren to navigate busy, stressful & difficult lives.


Valleys Steps

Valleys Steps was established as a well-being charity to help people to help themselves. We promote an understanding of why things are the way they are and show how we all can take steps to improving everyday well-being. At the heart of what we do is our passionate belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn ways of managing the common psychological difficulties that we all face at times in life such as stress, low mood and anxiety.

Veterans NHS Wales

Each Local Health Board (LHB) has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with an interest or experience of military (mental) health problems. The VT will accept referrals from health care staff, GPs, veteran charities and self-referrals from ex-service personnel.

Wales Dementia Helpline
Helpline: 0808 808 2235
Support, information and agency signposting for anyone caring for a family member or friend with dementia.

Wave Project
At the Wave Project, we help young people to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing! Our award winning surf courses are proven to help clients feel calmer, more motivated and better about their future.

Wellbeing Through Work
Email: | Tel: 01639 684 568

Based in Neath Port Talbot Hospital, the Wellbeing through Work team deliver the In Work Support Service across SwanseaNeath Port Talbot and Bridgend, in partnership with the Welsh Government and Swansea Bay University Health Board.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.