Clifton-based mental health charity York Mind is launching a brand new project to reduce the risk of people developing mental health problems.
The Staying OK project aims to protect the mental health of people who currently describe themselves as well. This is a pioneering new project which helps people future-proof their mental health and prevent problems before they occur.
The project provides free guided learning groups and one-to-one coaching, through which participants can develop awareness and skills to prevent stressful events having a negative impact on their mental health.
Starting Thursday 19th September, the weekly groups held in Clifton Moor will help people learn effective ways to manage stress and develop robust wellbeing strategies. The groups will also include developing assertiveness skills, as well as approaches to help people to adapt to and manage change and uncertainty in life.
Participants also have the opportunity to access one-to-one coaching to help identify aspects of life that are not working as well as they would like. The coaching can help individuals set and work towards meaningful and realistic goals.
Hazel Burton, Group Facilitator and Project Co-ordinator said, “People are often aware of the benefits of looking after their physical health. But what about their mental health? Stressful events and life circumstances can compromise our wellbeing. This course will help people understand their own risk factors and build on the things that protect our mental health.
“The main emphasis of the Staying OK project is preventative in that it is targeting people who are not currently struggling with their mental health, but may be at risk in the future. Usually the people that access services at York Mind are having difficulties with their mental health. We’re hoping to work with people at risk before their mental health becomes a problem.”
The first group is on Thursday 19th September at 1pm and will take place at Clifton Moor Church and Community Centre, Rivelin Way, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4WD. This is open to anyone who has not previously accessed mental health services.
For more information or to book a place, contact the Staying OK Team at York Mind on 01904 666754, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the York Mind website www.yorkmind.org.uk.
About York Mind
York Mind was formed in 2011 through the merger of the local mental health charities York & District Mind and Our Celebration. We are an independent local mental health charity which aims to empower individuals experiencing mental ill health to start on the pathway to recovery. We believe that the condition should never define the person and consequently our recovery model encompasses every aspect of our clients’ lives: personal, social and professional.
Find out more about our services or self-refer by visiting www.yorkmind.org.uk