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October 10th 2017 marks ‘World Mental Health Day’ and to support our Members’ Charity of the Year (Merthyr and the Valleys Mind) we will be using this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Over the next week we will be sharing lots of information and advice on what help is available to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues.

Current statistics show that 1 in 4 people in the UK live with a mental health issue, such as, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and also eating disorders. While many of us understand the importance of ‘looking after’ ourselves physically we often forget to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

Living with mental health issues can sometimes have a negative effect on different aspects of your life and Merthyr Valleys Homes understands that it can be difficult to keep on top of everyday issues. To help we have a project called RISE (Resources, Information, Support & Information) which is available to all tenants. RISE offers advice and support on various issues including employment, money matters and health and well being. If you would like to speak to someone about the issues you are facing and would like information about the services that could help, contact us on  01685 727818 or email Community@mvhomes.org.uk and a member of staff will be in touch.

There are also other agencies you can speak to including your GP, or specific charities such as MIND and the Samaritans. For a full A-Z list of various mental health issues and to find out more about the different services that Merthyr and the Valleys Mind offer then please visit their website www.matvmind.org.uk or contact them on 01685 353944.

As well as raising awareness we are using this as an opportunity to continue to raise money for MATV Mind. We are currently working with the six of our Sheltered Schemes and are having either a morning or an afternoon where we are encouraging residents to ‘Share the Love’ and take part in a Swop Shop. All residents have donated clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery (which will be equally distributed amongst each scheme). The items are then available for residents to purchase for a small donation of 50p.

We look forward to sharing with you how much money we have been able to raise!