Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshop at RXBOX CrossFit Gym

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On Sunday I delivered a mental health & wellbeing workshop at RXBOX CrossFit Gym in Didsbury. I started the talk by creating a safe space, with a nonjudgmental & respectful atmosphere. I was genuinely blown away by how everyone opened up to the group.

I spoke about things I’ve learned from courses & workshops in Mental Health First Aid, Active Listener, Effective Mentoring Skills, Mindfulness & Emotional Resilience. I spoke about cuts to mental health services & all kinds of things we can do on a daily basis to help look after our wellbeing such as practicing gratitude, self-care & mindfulness.

I invited participants to talk about positive & negative connotations around mental health difficulties & the importance of destigmatisation, 5 things they are *truly* grateful for, & I asked people to talk about self-care & what they have done over the past week to really look after themselves. We also did the famous mindful eating of a raisin exercise.

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I gave handouts with all kinds of wonderful resources such as TED Talks, further reading & a list of counselling & advice services in Manchester. I enjoyed every minute & I came away feeling very reflective, grateful & strong. Connction & community are so important when it comes to mental health & wellbeing. Here’s to more people working to destigmatise mental illness & mental health struggles, & more people feeling able to open up & ask for help when’s they need it.

Thank you everyone who came along & thank you Suze & Andy at RXBOX CrossFit Gym for this amazing opportunity.

Helpful Mental Wellbeing Resources:

Crisis and emotional support helplines and organisations…

Samaritans:

They allow people to talk about feelings of distress and despair.

Confidential and non-judgemental support.

Phone: 116 123 (Freephone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Email: jo@samaritans.org   Website: www.samaritans.org

Saneline:

Out of hours mental health and emotional support and information for anyone affected by mental ill health, including family, friends and carers.

Phone: 0300 304 7000 (Local call rates 6pm-11pm, 7 days a week)

Website: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline/

Rethink Advice and Information Service:

Practical help and information on Issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, benefits, debt, criminal justice and carer’s rights.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Local rates, 9:30am-4pm)

Finding a therapist…

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies:

Multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy

Phone: 0161 705 4303

Email: babcp@babc.com  Website: www.babcp.com

Counselling directory:

Free, confidential directory of trained, professional counsellors and therapists in the UK. You can check whether the counsellor found through this website is also registered with one of the professional/ accreditation bodies in the UK. Alternatively you can contact the relevant professional organisation directly once you have found a named professional to check details of their registration.

Phone: 0844 8030 240  Website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Rebel Therapy:

Therapy in Manchester for non-conformists — freelancers, artists, musicians, writers, performers, and those in non-conforming careers and lifestyles.

https://rebel-therapy.com/

Gaddum:

Individual counselling. Pay what you can (£10 minimum) Located in Manchester.

www.gaddumcentre.co.uk

LGBT Foundation:

Free individual and couples counselling for LGBTQ+ people in the North West.

https://lgbt.foundation/

Beacon:

Counselling for individuals and couples in Stockport and the surrounding area. Free or payment by donation.

www.beacon-counselling.org.uk

Talk Listen Change:

Counselling for adults, couples, children and young people. Based in Stockport, priced on sliding scale based on income.

www.talklistenchange.org.uk

Manchester Mind:

Free impartial advice on benefits, debt and housing to people with mental health needs in Manchester,

www.manchestermind.org

Further reading:

  • Practicing Self-Care Is Important: 10 Easy Habits To Get You Started – Noma Nazish

https://www.forbes.com/sites/payout/2017/09/19/practicing-self-care-is-important-10-easy-habits-to-get-you-started/#26d46791283a

  • CALMZONE – Campaign Against Living Miserably

https://www.thecalmzone.net/

  • The FOMO Is Real: How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-use-increases-depression-and-loneliness

  • How To Take a Social Media Vacation: The Complete Guide To A Social Media Detox

https://www.socialreport.com/insights/article/115003377786-How-To-Take-A-Social-Media-Vacation-The-Complete-Guide-To-A-Social-Media-Detox

Fantastic videos on Youtube:

  • How Stress Affects Your Brain – Madhumita Murgia
  • TED Talk: Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth – Adia Gooden
  • TED Talk: Sleep Is Your Superpower – Matt Walker
  • TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

 

 

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