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ACT-ion for Living
 - Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Are you finding life really difficult at the moment?
Many people suffer a great deal, experiencing emotional problems that sometimes threaten to overwhelm them. They do their best to control things and to change their life for the better, but sometimes the more they struggle, the worse things seem to get. As a result, people are left with their worries, their anxiety, their depression and their distress.
Faced with such suffering, there is a natural tendency to put life on hold - to promise yourself that you'll get back on track and start living again when you finally manage to overcome your distress. But this may take a long time, and meanwhile you have a very poor quality of life.
Struggling to get rid of an emotional problem can sap all of your energy and can make the problem worse. Putting your life on hold while you wait for the problem to go away is not good for you. So what's the answer?
The answer is to learn to live WITH your emotional problems while you still have them. Many people have found that their quality of life can be improved, and their suffering reduced, by using new ideas and strategies taken from recent developments in therapy - including one called "ACT" (that stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
ACT helps people to reduce their suffering and to get much more out of life by understanding more about how their mind works and by following two main principles: Accept the things that you can't control and Make a Commitment to do what you can to improve and enrich your life.
If these basic ideas make sense to you, and you would like to learn to use some of the new therapeutic ideas and strategies there is now an opportunity to do so, locally. The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is running ACT-inspired courses for groups of people who want to apply this approach to their own life. The course also introduces "mindfulness" which is a particularly powerful and effective therapy technique.
The courses are free - and if you decide to come on a course you will be provided with handouts to support your learning.
ACT-ion for Living consists of 4 weekly sessions (we call these ACT 1, ACT 2, ACT 3, and ACT 4) and each session is 2 hours long. if you attend the course, you won't be asked anything about your personal circumstances or your problems. You could choose not to say anything for the whole course, if you wished, and you could still get a lot out of it. It's entirely up to you.
You will learn new ideas by listening to the lecturer and taking part in simple activities during the sessions. you will also be invited to do some homework between sessions (but you won't have anything to hand in; nothing is "marked"; and you won't be judged in any way!).

No referral needed
ACT-ion for Living courses in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are open access, so there is no need to book a place just show up. 
In the unlikely event that a venue is full, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

This is however a course for adults only.

Please note that although you can come to either course they do take different approaches, for this reason we recommend that you do not attend ACT-ion for Living and Stress Control at the same time.

Please feel free to bring someone for support. For more information on upcoming dates and venues please see ACT-ion for Living dates.