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Nurturing Friendships

Friendships and relationships make a big difference to how we feel. How can we nurture our friendships and get the most out of them? Find out more in this lovely video…

Meet Bex

I am a peer researcher for the new young people’s project called Power Up. I will be collecting research on young people’s opinions and ideas about the current state of mental health support in Cardiff and the Vale and what sort of service we could co produce with young people in the future. I have my own struggles with my mental health, and I like that my job will lead to positive change in individuals’ lives and hopefully influence policy changes. I have lots of hobbies and interests but if I am not in work I am probably training for athletics. I am sprinter and I train 5 times a week and compete regularly. I also like to read, play video games, colour, watch TV and YouTube, listen to music, and eat food! “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This reminds me to focus on the present and not look too far ahead about things especially if they haven’t even happened yet.

Episode Guests

Do you want to be an Episode Guests? Contact lucythomas@platfform.org

Creativity Facilitator & Researcher

Do you want to be a Creativity Facilitator & Researcher? Contact lucythomas@platfform.org

Podcast & Social Media Video editor

Do you want to be a Podcast & Social Media Video editor? Contact lucythomas@platfform.org

Podcast & Social Media Sound Editor

Do you want to be a Podcast & Social Media Sound Editor? Contact lucythomas@platfform.org

Co-host

Do you want to become a co-host for a podcast? Get in contact with lucythomas@platfform.org!

State of Mind – Lucy’s Experience

A young person speaks about their experience of being apart of the State of Mind programme!

Relationships throughout our lives: attachments

Attachment theory suggests that how we are cared for as babies and toddlers can shape how we relate to people later in life. Our very first relationship(s) in life form the foundation of our relationship style – or rather, our attachment style.  

My Way Home Project – How the project works

Platfform and Llamau are working together to deliver sessions from the State of Mind Programme. State of Mind is a six week wellbeing programme designed for young people by young people.

Referral Form

Here is the referral form for our State of Mind Programme, working with Llamau delivering wellbeing sessions designed by young people for young people.

Our Stories – My experience of going to A&E for mental health crisis

Here is also an experience of going to A&E for mental health crisis!

Self care club every Tuesday

Art workshops every Wednesday for young people in Swansea.

Art workshops every Wednesday

Self Care Club every Tuesday for young people in Swansea.

When does loneliness become isolation!

Both isolation and loneliness can affect mental health. Many people believe that they are the same thing. However, they aren’t but sometimes they can cross over. There are multiple reasons as to why someone may be isolated or lonely. Yet, it’s nothing to feel ashamed about.

Tom – How do we make the discussion of mental health more accessible?

Tom answers the question of, how do we make the discussion of mental health more accessible? He gives an interesting insight on his thoughts and experience on the discussion.

How to use laughter to lift your mood?

It’s well-known that laughter is a great stress-reliever, and a regular dose of hysterics can do us the world of good. But what happens when we’re feeling low and struggle to find the ‘funny’ side?

Top tips for living with chronic pain, fatigue or mental distress!

In this blog, a young person tells us the tops tips for living with chronic pain, fatigue or mental distress!

Power Up – Join our new project!

Calling all young people aged 10-25 in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan! We need you!

Pick an aid that suits you!

Having a disability can have an affect on someones mental health in many different ways which includes the actual disability itself as well as the perceptions that people have towards disabilities. Having a disability can be either be physically or emotionally tiring or can it be both.

Flip the Script with Children Legal Wales

Flip The Script Friday is an event that takes place on Fridays where we invite organisations/adults onto our website/social media to answer the questions that young people have for them.

Never Give Up

Sparsh Shah is a young person who talks about never giving up, that no matter what, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to!

Being mindful without even realising!

The act of mindfulness a lot of the time can be rather intimidating and confusing, so here are a couple of simple activities that you can try to practice being mindful without even trying!

Our young people's team went to summer of smiles and had an amazing time with young people doing creative activities!

Our young people's team went to summer of smiles and had an amazing time with young people doing creative activities!

Our young people's team met at Down to Earth for a team day to get to know each other more and have some fun joining in with activities.

Our young people are having a great time surfing at Aberavon Beach with Surf School Wales.

Our young people are having great time surfing at Aberavon Beach with Surf School Wales.

At Wonderfest, we were visited by some cute and fluffy alpaca's. It was really nice to see young people having some time for themselves to distress.

At Wonderfest, we were visited by some cute and fluffy alpaca's. It was really nice to see young people having some time for themselves to distress.

Our young people went surfing at Aberavon Beach with Surf School Wales.

Platfform were involved in a project called #ReachTheBeach with Evolve Swansea! We were able to give out our positive power up cards to the people who attended.

Platfform Positivity

Platfform Positivity

A mindful moment: outdoors art!

Mindfulness is something that can be helpful for many people. In this blog from the happiful magazine, you'll find out about mindful activities you can take part in.

Season One Overview – One True Self Podcast

One True Self is a podcast series created by Platfform4yp. Our podcast is a series of personal life experiences discussing a range of topics around equality and diversity with the impact it has on a person's mental health and wellbeing. Hosted by young people.

Season One – Episode One – Meet the Hosts

Within this episode, you’ll get the chance to get to know the hosts Maddie and Lucy. You’ll find out who they are, what they do and find out more about the podcast.

Season One – Episode Two – LGBTQIA+

This podcast we speak with Adam as he talks about his sexuality, his passion for LGBTQIA+ rights and what struggles the community is still facing and the important work allies can do to support their LGBTQIA+ family, friends - loved ones.

Season One – Episode Three – Being Blind

This podcast we speak with Lela as she talks about her experience with being blind, her passion for raising awareness and how people can support people with disabilities.

Season One – Episode Four – Autism

Within this podcast we speak with Tom who talks about his experience with having autism. As well as being joined by Louise who is a professional that supports people with autism. They both speak on how autism affects people day-to-day and what needs to be done to improve life for people with autism.

Season One – Episode Five – Hidden Disabilities

Within this podcast we speak with Hannah who talks about her experience with having hidden disabilities. You’ll find out about the language surrounding disability, benefits/Gov support, how disability is represented within the media, ableism within the community. Lastly, we talk about equality and diversity.

Season One – Episode Six – Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants

This podcast we speak with Edwardo who is a refugee who came to the Uk. As well as Joey, who works to help refugees. Edwardo will speak about his experience with coming to the UK, the UK government and what they do and lastly they talk about equality and diversity.

Season One – Episode Seven – Mental Health and Volunteering

Within this podcast we talk with Sinead who talks about her experience with mental health and how volunteering and mental health relate to each other.

Representation of Climate Change and the Effects on Mental Health

Climate change relates to the shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Some changes may be natural but the rate at which the changes are happening aren’t normal. Climate change has been affecting not only the world itself but affecting people’s wellbeing.

Representation of Climate Change – The Effects on Mental Health

Climate change relates to the shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Some changes may be natural but the rate at which the changes are happening aren’t normal. Climate change has been affecting not only the world itself but affecting people’s wellbeing.

Climate Change in Relation to Mental Health

Mental health affects everyone, whether a person has good or bad mental health. Mental health revolves around how we think, feel and act. Climate change is where there are changes in global and regional climate patterns. The two are linked due to climate change having an effect on people’s mental health and here's why!   

Meet Ellis

Hi, my name is Ellis, I am a Families Practitioner working in the Families team in Caerphilly. I have to say that I am very lucky to have found a job in such an amazing place. The work that everyone does at Platfform is inspiring and I feel privileged to be a part of it! The thing that I enjoy most about my job is supporting Young People on their own journeys to being the best versions of themselves.

One thing you need to know about me is that I love being active, whether that’s going to the gym, taking my dog for a walk, or playing rugby for my local club. Being active is key for my own mental wellbeing and without it I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I do love exploring new places as well. I would say that my favourite piece of advice that has helped me with my wellbeing is that you aren’t alone. Although it feels like you are alone there will always be a friend of family member who cares about you and is willing to listen and help you!

Wonderfest Website

Platfform4yp Swansea Bay are holding a festival for both young people and professionals. If you want to get involved go to Wonderfest website and book your space. FREE WELLBEING FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY 17TH JULY AT NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM – Come along and have lots of fun!

Dealing with the Summer Holidays!

Summer holidays aren’t for everyone. Some people simply don’t enjoy the summer but for many, the holidays may be a time of stress and anxiety. Even if they do enjoy some of it, the holidays can still come with its difficulties.

Heartstopper

Heartstopper is a show that represents the LGBTQ+ community where two characters, Nick and Charlie, from two completely different lifestyles come together to make an unlikely relationship. Not only representing the journey between Nick and Charlie, Heartstopper shows characters that represent the other parts of the LGBTQ+ community.