Look out for fresh, local produce, perhaps from a vegetable box scheme which delivers to your door, or from one of the Farmers' Markets in Lampeter, Cardigan and Aberystwyth.

Food and Mood Handbook by Amanda Geary

An invaluable guide to the relationship between diet, nutrition and emotional and mental health. Available from:

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford

A leading specialist in the relationship between diet and health (especially emotional and mental well-being).

Holford and Associates Ltd
PO Box 53979
London SW15 6TZ

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Bipolar UK

Self-help groups meet to share experiences and benefit from each others' knowledge about how to take control of their lives. Further details from

The Gathering

A Support group for relatives and friends of people who are experiences or recovering from mental health problems that meets in Aberystwyth.

Tel: 01970 612615

Carers Groups

There are a number of support groups for carers in the county. For information contact:

Carers Ceredigion on 01970 828459 or British Red Cross Ceredigion
Carers Support Service on 01239 615945

Social Media

Many national mental health organisations now have pages on Facebook and on-line forums where you can talk to others with similar experiences.

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is developing ways in which mental health service users can express their views on how mental health services in Ceredigion can be improved

Time To Change Wales

Is a national campaign to help end mental health discrimination. Opportunities for volunteering, blogging, training and running events.

3° Quebec House
Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff CF11 9AB

United Kingdom Advocacy Network

A national organisation linking user organisations and promoting their interests.

Hearing Voices Network

A service for people, by people, who are hearing voices. It offers an alternative approach to traditional psychiatry, support to all and information on local groups.

c/o Sheffield Hearing Voices Network
Limbrick Day Service
Limbrick Road
Sheffield S6 2PE
Tel: 0114 271 8210

Hearing Voices Network Cymru

There is also a Welsh network

'Critical Psychiatry'

A useful internet search term to start to explore traditional psychiatric assumptions around mental health.

Asylum Magazine

'The magazine for democratic psychiatry' - users and survivors of services in alliance with others, campaigning for change in the way we respond to each others' mental and emotional distress.

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Informal groups meet regularly around the county and one-off workshops are often offered. Look on local noticeboards or the internet for contacts.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. On Meditation and being in the present moment.

Light within: the inner path of meditation by Laurence Freeman. Meditation from a Christian perspective.

A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield. A guide to meditation and spiritual path, inspired by Buddhist teachings.

Living Presence: a Sufi way to mindfulness and the unfolding of the essential self by Kabir Edmund Helminski.

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Credit Union

A not for Profit saving and loans organisation based on cooperative principles. Credcer is based in Cardigan with outreach points in Tregaron and Aberystwyth.

Credcer Credit Union
46 St Mary's Street
Cardigan SA43 1HA
Tel: 01239 621408

Freecycle Ceredigion

Matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them. And it's free.

CRAFT (Ceredigion Recycling and Furniture Team)

Is a Not for Profit company that sells unwanted household items at an affordable price. Its collection and delivery service covers Ceredigion and surrounding areas. They also repair computers and offer opportunities for volunteers. If you're on a low income or benefit you may qualify for a CRAFT discount card which gives you 25% discount.
Tel: 01970 626532

Citizen's Advice Bureau

Confidential, impartial information and advice on benefits, debt problems, housing rights, consumer rights, care needs and much more.

Aberystwyth office Cardigan office
12 Cambrian Place Napier Street
Aberystwyth Cardigan
SY23 1NT SA43 1ED
Tel: 01970 612817 Tel: 01239 613707
National advice line: 0844 772020

Direct Payments

Are payments by Social Services to meet your care and social needs. These can pay for help or care at home or for activities that would benefit your mental health either by yourself or through employing someone to accompany you. These payments can only be made via a social worker referral. For more information contact

Social Services Contact Centre
Rhiw Goch
Aberaeron SA46 0DY
Tel: 01545 574001


The local exchange trading scheme is a community-spirited, locally-based trading system and a way of swapping skills and goods. Build up credits by offering services such as grass-cutting or painting and 'spend' them on others' services such as haircuts, lifts etc.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Run music workshop and courses.

Tel: 01970 622882

Women in Tune

A charity that organises a women's music festival every year in Ceredigion. It was created as a showcase for female musicians and a place of encouragement and inspiration where women could become involved in or learn about music. They also run courses and arts workshops.

Tel: 01570 493288

There are many choirs and singing opportunities in Ceredigion. Look on the internet or ask at your local library. - a website giving information about singing opportunities nationally. Everyone can sing...

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Gwaith (Tâl a Di-dâl)

The COASTAL Project

Provides support and funding to enable people who have been disadvantages by illness to gain lifelong skills and training to provide them with a better chance of gaining employment.

Tel: 01545 574193

Ceredigion Volunteer Bureau

Has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities including working in charity shops, day centres, helplines, conservation etc. There is no minimum commitment and you decide what you do and the amount of time you spend with it. There is also support available to you whole you're working.

67 Bridge Street
Lampeter SA44 7AB
Tel: 01570 423232

Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation

Have several volunteering opportunities including dolphin watch and Coastcare.

Tel: 01545 572142

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