Pontypridd RFC supporting Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind (formerly Merthyr and the Valleys Mind) was established in 1984 by a group of volunteers who provided ‘drop-in’ sessions for people in the local area with mental health problems. Today, the charity supports around 4000 people a year through a number of projects across Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend.
In 2018 Mind launched their #ItTakesBallsToTalk campaign to tackle suicide and self-harm across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region. Their aim is to use a sporting theme to reach out to people, particularly men aged between 20 – 50, to raise awareness of suicide and self-harm and to promote access to support and counselling services and talking treatments.
They have been doing this in partnership with grassroots rugby football clubs, by attending matches and speaking to players and supporters, and more recently they have had some well-known voices join their campaign, with celebrities like Tom James and Wynne Evans helping to get the message out to their own networks.
Here’s the link to Mind’s official campaign – Campaign: #ItTakesBallsToTalk – Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind (ctmmind.org.uk)
We at Pontypridd RFC take mental health very seriously. Anyone can feel anxious, stressed or low at times, but it can be a problem if these feelings get worse, go on for a long time or affect our daily lives. The playing squad at Pontypridd RFC, led by captain Kristian Parker, along with Morgan Bosanko and Brad Roderick know the importance of positive mental health individually and within the team, and the need to be able to feel comfortable in speaking up #ItTakesBallsToTalk
Pontypridd RFC are proud to support Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind and in the build up to our final home game of the season against Ebbw Vale on Saturday 23rd April, and the week building up to it we will be endorsing Mind and Ponty RFC’s Mental Health Awareness week.