More than 200 people attended a wellbeing event at the Congress Theatre today in celebration of World Mental Health Day.

Many had the chance to take up a free stress relieving massage, whilst others tried their hand at creating clay decorations with Head4Arts.

Residents were also able to chat with representatives from more 30 organisations, who were on hand to provide advice and support as part of the Bringing the Community Together event.

It also kicked off a week of wellbeing activities across Torfaen, including:

  • Zumba and Pump and Tone, Woodlands Road Sports and Social Club, Cwmbran
  • Gym sessions, Blaenavon Heritage School, High Street Fitness Pontypool and Cold Barn Farm Gym, Trevethin
  • Wellbeing Hub (Arts and Crafts), Woodland Road Sports and Social Club Cwmbran
  • Digital Work Hub, Garndiffaith Millennium Hall
  • Men Talk (Wellbeing Support Group), Power Station, Cwmbran
  • My Own Mind, Mental Health Workshop, Trevethin and Penygarn Community Centre
  • Sing for Fun, Ty Glas Y Dorlan, Thornhill,

For a full list of activities, including times and dates, head on over to the Building Resilient Communities Facebook Page.

Councillor David Daniels, Executive Member for Adult Services and Housing, who was at the Bringing the Community Together event, said:  “It was great to see so many faces at the Congress Theatre today, all coming together to mark something which we will all experience in some way, shape or form throughout our lives.

“Awareness and understanding of mental health seems to be making some much-needed progress in recent years, particularly with high-profile campaigns and endorsements from public figures.

“However – with times being as challenging as they are right now – we know that lots of people will be struggling with their mental health. Hopefully events such as this will help make people more confident to share openly their experience of mental health, and seek help and support when they need it most.”

For more information about wellbeing support, contact Torfaen Community Connectors on 01495 742397 or email