Cardiff City FC Foundation are committed to supporting World Mental Health Day, and those who are in need of mental health support. 

The Bluebirds Charity welcomed groups from the Vale of Glamorgan, who have been raising awareness for World Mental Health Day through the power of football, for a tour of Cardiff City Stadium. 

Young people incur many changes when entering adulthood, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however.

In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows.

Many young people are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

Much can be done to help build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to help manage and recover from mental illness.

Prevention begins with being aware and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school.

Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders.