What Is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.


Here are some organisations that can provide help, advice and support

Hafal provides help to people affected by serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar and other diagnosis involving psychosis or high levels of care. Hafal provides support across Wales, dedicated to empowering people with serious mental illness and aid their families too.

Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health is an umbrella organisation working with voluntary sector groups with an interest in mental health service users and careers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mind provides advice, information and support for those living with a mental health problem or diagnosis.

Rehab 4 Addiction exists to assist you in your search for effective and proven rehab treatment in Cardiff.

Useful contact numbers

Hafal: 07989 473375

Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health: 029 2022 2200

MIND Cardiff: 02920 402040

Cardiff Concern Counselling: 02920 664410

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90/02920 344022

C.A.L.L (Community Advice & Listening Line): 0800 132 737

Diverse Cymru: 029 2036 8888

Journeys: 029 2069 2891

4Winds: 029 2038 8144

Veterans Mental Health Support Group: 029 2022 2200

Advocacy Support Cymru: 029 2054 0444

Bipolar UK: 01633 244244