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Tackling stress at HPFT for Mental Health Awareness Week

11 May 18 - 11 May 19

HPFT is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) and the focus for 2018 is on stress management.

With two thirds of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetime, it’s vitally important to raise awareness of how to manage our stress to help prevent problems such as anxiety, and depression – the most common mental health disorders in Britain.

HPFT’s North Essex Wellbeing Services have arranged health and wellbeing workshops and screenings of ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ throughout Essex during the week at locations in Chelmsford, Clacton-On-Sea, Harlow, Colchester, Epping and Ongar. Full details are listed at the end of this news item.

A variety of talks and workshops are taking place at Stevenage Wellbeing Centre on May 16 – along with the chance to try Laughter Yoga and other activities. The event is organised by Spot the Signs along with Mind in Mid Herts. Find out more details at the end of this news item.

HPFT’s chief executive Tom Cahill said: “Most of us are juggling extremely busy lives and it’s vital to make time to look after our mental health. These free events are really useful as they provide the tools to recognise the signs and cope with stress.”

Hertfordshire County Council’s director of Public Health, Jim McManus, said: “We all know what it’s like to feel stressed as it is part of everyday life. But when we get overwhelmed by stress it can become difficult to manage and even affect our mental health.

“This week organisations across the county are taking the opportunity to open up conversations about stress and help our residents develop healthy coping strategies.”

Hertfordshire County Council is also leading a campaign to encourage young people to ‘Just Talk’ about their mental health. A collaborative project with health, council, community and voluntary organisations and schools across Hertfordshire, #JustTalk aims to normalise conversations about mental health. Visit www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/justtalk for more information.

Exam season

As we enter into exam season, there's lots of free help and support on offer from websites with practical tips including preparing revision timetables and having a good breakfast on exam day. Emotional wellbeing support is also available every day at https://kooth.com/.

To find out more contact: E: healthinmind@hpft.nhs.uk or T: 0300 330 5455

Events details for Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018:

Monday 14 May: Health & Wellbeing Day at Anglia Ruskin University showcasing local services with an interactive marketplace and a programme of educational workshops (Health in Mind Mid Essex IAPT) – www.wellbeingdayiapt.eventbrite.com

Monday 14 May: Film screening of the Pursuit of Happyness at Anglia Ruskin University in joint partnership with Mid and NE Essex Mind (Health in Mind Mid Essex IAPT) - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pursuit-of-happyness-free-screening-chelmsford-tickets-44878692377

Monday 14 May: Mind and Wellbeing Service will be at Watford Hospital 11:30-2:00pm

Tuesday 15 May: Film screening of the Pursuit of Happyness at the Playhouse Theatre (Harlow) in joint partnership with Mind in West Essex (Healthy Mind West Essex IAPT) – https://playhouseharlow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873588470?_ga=2.70888720.1069330388.1523878111-280450308.1519732278

Wednesday 16 May: free fun and informative talks and workshops on topics including stress management, local services, carer support and mindfulness together with Mind in Mid Herts in Stevenage Wellbeing Centre

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhaw18-stevenage-in-mind-event-tickets-44402331569#300491654-tw1521993106562

Thursday 17 May: Film screening of the Pursuit of Happyness at Firstsite (Colchester) in joint partnership with Mid and NE Essex Mind (Health in Mind NE Essex IAPT) - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pursuit-of-happyness-free-screening-colchester-tickets-44878855866 

Friday 18 May: Health & Wellbeing Day at Albert Edward Hall (Clacton-on-Sea) showcasing local services with an interactive marketplace and a programme of educational workshops (Health in Mind NE Essex IAPT) – www.wellbeingdayiapt.eventbrite.com

Saturday 19 May: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind event to explore the links between physical activity and positive wellbeing at Epping Sports Centre in joint partnership with Places for People Leisure (Healthy Minds West Essex IAPT) – www.healthybody-healthymind.eventbrite.com

Sunday 20 May: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind event to explore the links between physical activity and positive wellbeing at Ongar Leisure Centre in joint partnership with Places for People Leisure (Healthy Minds West Essex IAPT) – www.healthybody-healthymind.eventbrite.com       

 

 

 

 

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