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New blog post: #AddressYourStress
For day 2 of Mental Health Awareness Week, Zoe has a new blog post for you, inspired by Mental Health First Aid England’s hashtag #AddressYourStress
Read it here: www.plymouthmind.com/info/our-blogs/out-and-about/
Next week (beginning 14th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is stress, and whether we are coping with it. In his blog for the Mental Health Foundation for MHAW, Mark Rowland explains how chronic stress can lead to mental health problems, addiction, insomnia, pain and other physical health problems.
Whilst stress used to keep us alive when we had more frequent physical threats in times gone by, and even today a little stress can be good to motivate us, Rowland acknowledges that stress can become a way of life in today’s society, and that if we can prevent the stress from building up and lasting long term, then we can prevent the resulting physical and psychological complications.
At Plymouth & District Mind, we spend a lot of time supporting people towards positive wellbeing, and training organisations and companies to promote wellbeing in their workplace. We also practice what we preach! So during MHAW we will be #offthehook for 15 minutes each day at 12.30pm. This means we will be taking our phones off the hook and turning off our screens to take a guilt-free break! Stress affects our blood pressure, and can impair our ability to learn, concentrate and make judgements – taking a break makes us more effective and productive, so of course our consciences are #offthehook too!
Join us and spread the word – encourage your employees, colleagues and friends to take 15 minutes #offthehook each day this coming week just to see the difference it makes. Tag us in your social media posts/selfies…
Green Days – new outdoor sessions!
Join us for free outdoor sessions aimed at adults wanting to learn new skills, build confidence, and meet other like-minded people in some of Plymouth’s beautiful green spaces.
This is a partnership with Plymouth & District Mind and the Active Neighbourhoods project. There will be six 2-hour sessions between May – July.
The taster session will take place this Thursday 3rd May at Plymouth Mind. We will be making ash baked pizzas and discussing the sessions. Places are limited so booking is essential – call Plymouth Mind on 01752 512280 or email [email protected]
Please feel free to share the Green Days flyer with anyone who may be interested in attending.
Mental Health First Aid – 2 day course
Learn how to identify, understand and recognise the crucial signs of mental ill-health and what you can do to help on a first aid basis.
This course will increase your confidence in feeling able to approach, assess and assist someone who might be experiencing a mental health issue and encourage them to the support they need to recover.
Course Dates: Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July 2018
Course Times: 9:00 am -4:30 pm both days
For more info and bookings click here
Voyages of Transformation – final information session
This is the final chance to find out more about the boat and the project, hear from someone who has completed a similar voyage, ask any questions you may have, and meet others who are interested.
Find out more about the project here .
Where: Room 214, Babbage Building, Plymouth University, James Street, PL4 6EQ
When: April – TBD
NEW Listening Service
This service is for anyone aged 18+ who is currently experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. In particular, they feel that they would really benefit from talking to someone about the issues they are facing. A listener will simply listen and talk with someone for up to 1 hour at a time. This service is not counselling – however, if the listener feels that you may benefit from longer term counselling, they will be able to advise you on how to access this. Contact [email protected] or call 01752 512280 to make an appointment.
NEW WEEKLY GROUP for 2018 – ‘Bridge the Gap’
This group supports people who would benefit a mixture of activity based sessions (such as gardening, painting, volunteering) and the traditional ‘tea and talk’ group. The group was set up in response to an increasing demand for a group that combined peer support with group volunteering. This group would really benefit anyone struggling with social isolation or is feeling very stuck in their recovery. The group meet weekly for 1-2 hours. Contact us to find out how to access this group.
Young people: What do you need from your GP?
Plymouth Mind are currently conducting a survey of young people’s experiences of seeking support from their GPs. This is so we can work together with GPs to improve the response young people receive when having conversations and seeking help.
If you are under 25, please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey here.
Out and About – The Blog
Zoe, our Training and Development Officer, is taking Plymouth Mind on the road, raising awareness of mental health and offering information and advice in the community, with a view to breaking down stigma. Her blog is now live on our website. Read it here.
Elefriends – Join MIND’s Online Peer Support Community
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Find out more here..