Useful links


NHS Direct WalesNHS Direct provides advice and health information service available 24 hours a day via the Internet or by phone.

NHS ChoicesNHS Choices provides advice and information on various healthcare topics.

Student Health – is a resource aimed specifically at student health matters. Written by NHS GPs based at the University of Sussex it offers printable advice leaflets on topical and student related issues.

Patient UK – With over 650 leaflets available to download Patient UK aims to help non-medical people find information about health issues. The site also provides downloads in multiple languages.

Surgery Door – Surgery Door offers comprehensive health and medicine information on a range of topics.

Embarrassing Problems – Embarrassing Problems aim to help you deal with health problems that worry you and that are difficult for you to discuss with anyone.


Start eating well with these eight tips for healthy eating which cover the basics of a healthy diet and good nutrition


The Fit for Travel website
provided by NHS Scotland has a range of information for people from the UK, traveling abroad. It features a searchable world map and A-Z of countries, giving appropriate vaccine advice and anti-malarial advice where appropriate. There is also information on sun exposure and travelling whilst pregnant.

Department of Health Travel Advice – The Department of Health offers practical advice on protecting yourself from major illness, getting European Health Insurance Cards and getting medical treatment abroad.

Hospital for Tropical Diseases – The Hospital for Tropical Diseases is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel related infections. The site also provides a useful know before you go section.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Travel Advice – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers advise for British citizens travelling abroad.

Travel Health Clinic -Nomad Travel Clinics offering travel advice and vaccinations in Cardiff


First contact

The first place to go for help depends on where you live:

Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil

The Drug and Alcohol Single Point of Access is a one call number which provides advice, information and an easier route into services for those affected by substance misuse. The freephone number 0300 333 0000 is available throughout Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.


E-DAS is the Cardiff and Vale single point of contact for access to services, advice and information, including a broad range of online information and support.

The phone number is 0300 300 7000.


G-DAS is the single point of contact for the Newport area for drugs, alcohol and other substance misuse issues.

The only number you need is 01633 263263.

Useful Links

Many organisations give information and support for drug and alcohol issues.

Wales Drug and Alcohol – 0800 6 33 55 88 – A free and bilingual telephone helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs and or alcohol. Text DAN & your question to 81066, DAN 24/7 telephone number will NOT appear on your home itemised bill. Calls from public telephone boxes are free of charge: calls from a mobile phone may incur a charge from your network.

Drugaid provide free confidential support delivered by trained workers for people experiencing difficulties with substances. offer advice and information on drug addiction.

Drink Aware – For most adults, it’s fine to enjoy a drink. At the same time, we all need to look after our health and well-being. Drink Aware provides information about how to do both.

Alcoholics Anonymous – provides a range of information, advice and face to face sessions to help people cope with drink related problems.

Down your drink – Most of us drink. Some of us drink more regularly than others. But how often is too often? And how much is too much?

Substance Misuse RCT– where people who live or work in Rhondda Cynon Taff can access information on drugs and alcohol.

TEDSTEDS offers a confidential service to users of drugs or alcohol throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taff area.

know the score– Free self-help program A-Z drugs information.

Gamcare – GamCare provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem.

•The drugs don’t work – the true cost of taking drugs an interactive infographic to educate students on the long term effects that drugs can have on both the body and mind.


National Asthma Campaign – Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.2 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.


National Blood Centre – The National Blood Centre site includes a search form to locate upcoming donor sessions in the UK and listings of where you can give blood.

Studying with HIV Guidance for students in Higher Education about HIV


Student Minds If you are experiencing depression or low mood (find out more about the symptoms of depression) you may wish to seek further support. With the right treatment, most people can recover from depression and find ways that work for them.

Student Counselling – Set up by heads of the various Student Counselling Services in UK Universities in order to provide more information about the support available to UK university students.

CALL:Mental Health Helpline – offers emotional support to people suffering mental distress as well as their family, friends and carers

Student depression – Student depression offers UK students comprehensive information and discussion about, what depression is and how it works, what contexts depression flourishes in, self-help strategies for tackling depression and how to get further support and help.

Mind – Mental Health Charity working for a better life for everyone experiencing mental distress.

Depression Alliance – Information about the symptoms and treatment of depression from Depression Alliance a UK charity for people with clinical depression and anxiety.

Rethink – Working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, to recover a better quality of life. Rethink is a provider of mental health services and carries out fundraising and campaigns to further it aims including influencing the mental health act.

Samaritans – The Samaritans is a registered that provides confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing.
Contact Free phone anytime


Family Planning Association – The Family Planning Association’s aim is to advance the sexual health, reproductive rights and choices of all people throughout the UK.

Brook – Brook provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.

Condom: Essential Wear – This website is an NHS guide to the symptoms, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and diseases (STD).


Simply Teeth – Simply Teeth provides dental health information on teeth and gums and information on treatments available.

British Dental Health Foundation – The British Dental Health Foundation is the leading UK-based independent charity working to bring about improved standards of oral health care.


Diabetes UK – Diabetes UK is the leading charity working for people with diabetes. We fund research, campaign and help people to live with the condition.

Insulin Pumpers UK – Charity supporting insulin pump users in the U.K.


Frank – upfront advice and information for young people about drugs. Includes an A-Z of drugs, confidential helpline, and reports. – SubstanceMisuse,net aims to raise awareness and understanding of substance misuse, the problems it creates, and how to deal with these problems.

TEDSTEDS offers a confidential service to users of drugs or alcohol throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taff area.


Epilepsy Action – Epilepsy Action provides information about coping with epilepsy and seizures. Deals with the various types of epilepsy, and provides advice through its email helpline.

National Society for Epilepsy – National Society for Epilepsy seeks to enhance the health and well-being of people with epilepsy by improving treatment and care and providing information to health professionals and the general public.


Meningitis Research Foundation – The Meningitis Research Foundation is a charity organisation focused on the prevention and treatment of meningitis.

Meningitis Now – Meningitis Now offers information on meningitis and meningococcal disease includes symptoms, diagnosis, vaccines and support.


Stop Smoking Wales – for free, friendly help to quit smoking or call 0800 085 2219 to book onto their nearest group. People are 3-4 times more likely to quit and stay quit by attending a group and using Nicotine Replacement or medication than doing it 'cold turkey’ and alone.

Action on Smoking and Health U.K – ASH – Tobacco smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease within the U.K. ASH works with others to eliminate the epidemic by influencing policy and public opinion.

Smoke Free –Smoke free is a website from the NHS with facts, action plans, and help to assist in quitting smoking.

No Smoking Day – Website promoting the annual day to help people who want to stop smoking.


TB Alert – TB Alert is a charity that supports TB projects around the world and promotes awareness of Tuberculosis.


Hypnotherapy-directory – Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Hypnotherapy directory can direct you to local therapists for treatment of numerous conditions.