We’re backing NHS mental health campaign & offering you help to cope post-COVID
We’re linking with an NHS campaign unveiled recently to support positive mental health and are hosting workshops in Southampton to help people cope post-COVID.
We’re launching our new Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops (WRAP) on February 8 offering a wellbeing tool kit to anyone wishing to maintain good mental health in 2022.
Increase awareness of services
Wendy Lee, our Head of Health and Wellbeing, says: “We’re supporting the new NHS England and NHS Improvement mental health campaign, which encourages anyone experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression or other common mental health concerns to seek help through NHS Talking Therapies services, also known as IAPT – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, which we work closely with.
“The campaign aims to increase the public’s awareness of services and accessing them via self-referral, or their GP and, in particular, is looking to reach people who are struggling and help them realise they need help but may not know how or who to go to for support.
Maintain mental wellness
“With January now over, many people may be thinking about the rest of 2022 and what it has in store, and how they’re going to maintain their mental wellness after all the stresses and strains of the past two years. And other ongoing issues related to perhaps getting out and about again, going back to work in the office, bereavement, health and the economy.”
The NHS campaign has been gifted the song rights by Apple Corps and Sony to use the lyrics from the Beatles’ song ‘Help!’ to powerfully bring to life the message that anyone can experience feelings such as anxiety and depression and that it’s totally normal to ask for help.
Sense of self-worth
Wendy adds: “There are many things that may be worrying people just now and impacting on their mental health. Or they may just wish to get back on track with their career and life goals and need some extra support after all the uncertainty. It’s really important to be kind to yourself and to have a sense of self-worth. We’re putting on our WRAP sessions to help people improve their overall self-care, something which has probably been missing during the past two years.
“WRAP is also good for anyone who has perhaps been diagnosed with a mental health condition and has recently received assistance from the NHS and has now been signed off but would still like some additional support.
Tools to maintain good mental health
“Our workshops are designed to help give you the tools to maintain good mental health and wellness throughout 2022. We’re promoting better self-care, self-kindness and self-worth post-COVID.”
There will be four face-to-face WRAP sessions hosted by Wendy and our team of trained counsellors running weekly on Tuesday evenings at Board in the City CIC from February 8 until March 1 from 6.45pm to 8.45pm.
For further details and to book a place on the workshops starting February 8, costing £45 per person, please click here.
If you have missed this batch of workshops, please get in touch to sign up for the next ones, as they will be held on a rolling basis.