Events and workshops to support mental health and wellbeing in the local community and beyond to mark the week of World Mental Health Day with Art and Music, featuring a live performance of the "St Illtud's Sessions" by Bel Blue.

This event brings together Art and Music inspired by mental health and wellbeing, Local musician Bel Blue will perform and launch a set of songs recorded in the renowned Galilee Chapel at St Illtud’s Church, on World mental Health Day (10 October 2019).  In the days leading up to the music launch, Events and Workshops will promote and encourage positive experiences, wholeness and wellbeing for people of all ages, including work with local schools.  The backdrop to this will be an art and photography exhibition, including work by Lucy Jane Purrington.

The Event

A week of activities and events will be held at St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major, leading up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2019.  We have identified a need to bring together many services and people supporting mental health issues in the local community.  In line with the Welsh Government’s seven goals of well-being, set out in the Future Generations Act 2015, the project addresses health, community cohesion, resilience, equality and global responsibility, in a distinctive Welsh context.  The final goals of prosperity is implicit in the local and wider economy if mental health is supported effectively. The project will include:

  • Art workshops for young people and adults encouraging positive attitudes to mental health and wellbeing;
  • Launch of an EP of songs inspired and emerging from mental health challenges;
  • Exhibition of artwork supporting the overall theme;
  • Drop-in sessions for families and friends concerned about those with mental health challenges, along with practical help and advice for maintaining good work / life balance;
  • Information and practical support from individuals and support agencies, linked to the project;
  • Chaplains and other care professionals available throughout the events;Reflective time to remember friends and loved ones and the challenges that mental health issues pose to them and their families.
  • Provision of a gathering point in the community, bringing together spiritual and pastoral care alongside professional expertise, addressing issues of mental health and awareness across families and generations.


Friday 4th October 2019
19:45 Open Mic Night
Including performances on the theme of mental health and wellbeing

Sunday 6th October
18:00 Pause and Reflect
Quiet reflection for ourselves or others who may be living with mental anguish

Monday 7th October
19:00 “A Healthy Work/Life Balance”
with Dr Teena Clouston

Tuesday 8th October
19:00 “Sketching for Wellbeing”
Sketching workshop for people of all ages

Wednesday 9th October
19:00 Drop in and Advice with Samaritans and ReBUILD
For anyone concerned about the mental or emotional wellbeing of themselves or others

Bel BlueThursday 10th October
18:30 Celtic Contemplation
A time to relax, reflect and be well
19:00 Live Performance of Bel Blue‘s “The St Illtud’s Sessions”
Music to mark World Mental Health Day.




All events will be staged at
St Illtud’s Church
College Street
CF61 1SG


This project has been made possible thanks to financial and practical support (and much encouragement) from Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and backing of the Arts programme of Cardiff and Vale  University Health Board.

Thanks, also, for the enthusiastic support of:

Arts council and Health Charity