I kept my depression under wraps

Graham Down, 60, is a business owner and county councillor from Monmouthshire. He has had experience with depression since childhood. For many years he felt he had to bear this in silence. However, his decision in recent years to tell people about his experience has felt like a weight lifted from his shoulders. He hopes that sharing … Continue reading I kept my depression under wraps

Welsh mental health charity creates site to tackle loneliness

Loneliness and social isolation are becoming increasingly recognised as a real danger to our health. A study published last year in Perspectives on Psychological Science claimed that there is strong evidence that the negative impact of loneliness on health can shorten your life. It can be hard for people with a mental illness to talk to … Continue reading Welsh mental health charity creates site to tackle loneliness

Don’t be lonely this Christmas in Wales

Feeling lonely is difficult at the best of times, yet over Christmas it can be even worse. For people experiencing mental health issues, this can be a particularly challenging time of year. A recent survey by The Priority Group found that one in three men feel lonely at Christmas, with men between the age of 25 and … Continue reading Don’t be lonely this Christmas in Wales

Boys who self-harm could be harder to reach, says Cardiff-based organisation

Self-harm among young people is on the rise, but could boys be more reluctant to talk about it? We spoke to two people about their work to raise awareness of self-harm. Si Martin and Hannah Morgan (pictured above) run Heads Above The Waves, a not-for-profit organisation based in Cardiff that raises awareness of depression and self-harm … Continue reading Boys who self-harm could be harder to reach, says Cardiff-based organisation

Mental health ‘champions’ are breaking the silence in Wales

One of the challenges for people experiencing mental health problems is the stigma attached to it, and talking about mental health can be a particular problem for a lot of men. Time to Change Wales (TTCW) is a campaign to encourage more people to share their stories about mental health. Started in 2012, the campaign … Continue reading Mental health ‘champions’ are breaking the silence in Wales