Mental ill health is very common and can affect people of all ages. A quarter of people will experience mental health problems or mental illness at some point in their lives, which can have an enormous effect on themselves, their family, friends and colleagues.
We have developed a partnership approach and work closely with health and the voluntary sector to deliver better mental health services and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.
Services for adults aged 18 to 65 years
If you are aged between 18 and 65, you should access primary mental health services through your GP.
In many cases, this primary care response will be sufficient. In more servere cases, however, you may be referred by your GP to a Care and Treatment Planning Team. There are three teams, based in Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Ely and they are there to help you in your recovery and promote your independence to enable you to get on with your life.
The teams include a mix of workers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. If we feel that you would benefit from the support of the teams, we would draw up a care plan with you that would take into account your goals and who would support you to achieve them.
Services for older people over 65 years
For people over 65 years and for people of all ages who are living with dementia, our Locality Teams will work with service users and carers to ensure that older people who experience mental ill health and people who have dementia make the most of their skills and abilities at each stage of their illness. We encourage individuals’ independence whilst safeguarding their wellbeing, ensuring that support is provided within the boundaries of reasonable and acceptable risk. In providing health and social care services, we seek to preserve people’s dignity at all times and to promote their confidence, which in turn will contribute to maintaining their quality of life.
Like many other illnesses, mental health can be unpredictable and a situation may begin to worsen suddenly. Crisis Teams, located in Merthyr Tydfil (covering Cynon Valley) and Llantrisant (for Taff Ely and Rhondda residents) are available 24 hours a day. You can refer yourself to the Crisis Teams.
For more information, please see our mental health Services fact sheet (pdf).
Adult Care and Treatment Teams (for under 65 year olds)
Rhondda Team, Municipal Offices, Llewellyn Street, Pentre
Telephone: 01443 424350
Cynon Valley Team, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, Mountain Ash
Telephone: 01443 715100
Taff Ely Team, Ty Draw, The Avenue, Pontypridd
Telephone: 01443 486856
Locality Teams (for over 65 year olds)
Contact our First Response Team
Telephone: 01443 425003
Cynon Valley contact St Tydfil's Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil
Telephone: 01685 726337
Taff Ely and Rhondda contact Royal Glamorgam Hospital
Telephone: 01443 446388
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