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Mental health and wellbeing in spotlight for Safeguarding Week 2020

Bridgend County Borough Council is joining other organisations across Wales to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing for Safeguarding Week.

As a member of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board (CTMSB), the council will be highlighting the theme Talking Saves Lives and the importance of people reaching out and speaking to someone whenever they may be struggling.

This year, with Covid-19 and lockdowns disrupting everyday routines, many people have been unable to access activities like going to the gym and attending groups, which they may normally rely on to help them cope with the stresses of daily life.

As we enter the winter period, the council and its partners are keen to focus on positive mental wellbeing and will be pointing residents towards the support available to help them with a series of online events.

Cabinet member for wellbeing and future generations Dhanisha Patel

Throughout Safeguarding Week, which runs between November 16 and 20, a stand will be available at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, to provide staff and the public with information about organisations who can offer support for various mental health issues. Bridgend College students will also be offered advice about where to access help.

Cabinet member for social services and early help Nicole Burnett said: “It’s very important that people know how to look after their mental health.

“A number of activities will be running online for Safeguarding Week, including virtual youth clubs, workshops for professionals and a two-day health and wellbeing event, which will offer education, activities and a chance to hear personal stories.

“We would encourage residents to take a look at the events programme and join in some of the workshops.”

For a full schedule of events and details of how to attend, visit the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Week webpage.

Safeguarding boards are statutory partnerships made up of the agencies that are responsible for safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk within their regions and ensures people of all ages are protected from abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm.

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