Looking at advocacy – whereby someone speaks on behalf of, or supports, someone else – Mind provides support from trained volunteers who have experienced mental health problems themselves.
Ashianna is a support group for women of all ethnicities, which provides a platform for learning, sharing information, and general support. Later on in the series, we’ll revisit this particular project.
Newport Mind also offers a Depression Management course, which lasts 10 weeks. Looking at symptoms of depression, unhelpful and positive thinking, discovering how to sleep better, as well as planning for the future, the course looks at a number of issues that affect sufferers of depression.
Taking place once a week, and lasting two and a half hours per session, a charge of £5 is charged for the 10-week course.
For young people, there is Changing Minds, a project that seeks to provide tailored support for people who have mental health problems and are aged 14-25. For young people from across Gwent, it provides Peer to Peer Mentoring, Self-Management Courses and offers the chance to be part of the Young Persons Advisory Panel – where attendants can have their say on how the project is run.
We’ll return to Changing Minds in a few weeks, to hear from the young people currently involved, as well as the organisers.
More details on accessing courses can be found by calling Newport Mind on 01633 258741. Some services may need a referral from the Community Mental Health Team.