Posted: Tue 11th May 2021

Welsh TV and media star fronts Coleg Cambria Mental Health Awareness Week campaign

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

TV and media star Tara Bethan joined forces with Coleg Cambria to produce health and wellbeing videos to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Originally from Llansannan and now living in Cardiff, Tara recorded three videos in Welsh and English to mark the Mental Health Foundation campaign, which runs until Sunday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A regular on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru, she focused on mindfulness, yoga and how to create a podcast, following the success of her own digital show Dewr, which is set to return on BBC Sounds. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Having been in television, theatre, and radio for more than two decades – including appearances on the hit BBC show I’d Do Anything, with Andrew Lloyd Webber – Tara admits the stresses and strains of the industry played a part in her re-evaluating her own approach to health and wellbeing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We all have hearts and minds, so taking care of our mental health is important for everyone,” she said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“If the Coronavirus has done one positive thing it’s forcing many of us to reflect and find new ways of living and working. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“In the videos for Coleg Cambria we touch on that, and how challenging the last year and more has been for students, parents, children and people across the country.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tara, who was on her honeymoon in South America when the pandemic took hold in the UK, added: “For so long I was under the spotlight and if there was not an audience in front of me it’s as if the job didn’t exist, but things have changed so much. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


“I was held to a lot of opinions and reached a point where I needed to turn things around and focus on myself, rather than being judged and worrying about what other people thought of me. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Yoga and meditation were pivotal in bringing myself back to me; from the work I’ve done over past months I think it’s helped a lot of other people as well, so I hope the videos will be useful and well-received. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I can’t imagine what it’s like for young people now trying to navigate social media and other pressures, it must be quite overwhelming so taking time to reset and look at self-preservation is vital.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The videos were funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, supported by Cangen Cymraeg Cambria. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Branch officer Haf Everiss thanked Tara for providing the resource for learners bilingually, adding: “These are sensitive subjects and for many it is easier to engage in the Welsh language, so to have them available for our learners is fantastic. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This has been a difficult period for everyone, especially students and the most vulnerable in our communities, so we wanted to do something to help, and to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Tara how shown how crucial it is to look after our mental health and take time for ourselves, now more than ever before.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To watch the videos, visit the Cangen Cymraeg Cambria YouTube channel at ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Visit Yoga, Therapi a Siarad – Tara Bethan • and for more from Tara Bethan. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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