Covid-19 emergency response fund

The current Covid-19 situation means that we need to run our programmes differently. We are delivering a coordinated response for BS13.

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Mental health and wellbeing

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Positive Minds helps you grow through life’s challenges, supporting your mental health and wellbeing.

Positive Minds supports adults in BS13 to find their path to better mental health and wellbeing. Mental health problems can result from many factors including; social isolation, debt, illness, poor diet and lack of exercise, stress, domestic abuse, substance misuse/dependency, and from experiences of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or neglect, discrimination or violence in childhood.

Get active, stay active week 13-19 July

Being in lock-down because of the Covid-19 pandemic has been tough for most of us in different ways and has certainly reduced the amount of exercise most of use do on a daily basis and I don’t mean going for a jog or playing football, I mean just the amount of movement we do because we have been limited to staying at home; we haven’t even been walking to the bus-stop, or meandering round the shops!

Not moving has a massive negative impact on our health and wellbeing, so we have nominated this week ‘Get Active, Stay Active’ week to remind ourselves the many ways of being active and how we can help ourselves feel good!

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Daily tips for being kind to ourselves during lockdown

This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week was kindness.

Over this week, we focussed on being kind to ourselves first, to build the foundations of our own mental wellbeing, and on celebrating the kindness we received from others.

Throughout the week, we offered daily tips for how to look after our mental health, and were delighted to hear about the positive impact that making these small changes had on people in BS13.

But looking after our mental health isn’t about what we do on just one week of the year – and the ideas and advice in the following pages are as valid and useful any week.

Many of us have struggled with looking after our mental health during lockdown – why not try giving some of these a go?

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Positive Minds

Based on 10 years’ experience of the needs within the BS13 community, our team has created a trauma- informed model of  support that enables us to meet our clients where they are at. We recognise that mental health issues often sit alongside social and family problems, so we balance therapeutic work with practical support and activity to ensure our clients’ day-to-day needs are being met, whilst looking at strategies to improve mental health overall. Positive Minds can help people access a range of activities or volunteering opportunities through our other Heart of BS13 projects and within the local community.

What we offer

One-to-one sessions – using different approaches to help you understand your mental health and wellbeing and create a plan to reach your goals. By supporting people to create structure in their lives and increase self-confidence, we hope to help people create the lives they want to live.

Acupuncture – to support you with chronic anxiety, depression or other mental health difficulties and related conditions.

Please contact Helen on 01179644670 / 07880661239 or helen.gunson@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.

Physical activities for health and wellbeing

Walking groups – We offer different walks to suit a range of abilities: Tuesday walks are brisk walking for improved fitness.  Wednesday walks are gentle walks for people who may have a health condition that limits their mobility.  If you would like to move more, feel fitter and get some fresh air – come along! Please contact Helen on 01179644670 / 07880661239 or helen.gunson@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.

Fit for Life group in conjunction with Merchants Academy Gym on Mondays. We help people build confidence in getting more active taking into account any health conditions or disabilities you may have.  Please contact Judy on 0117 964 4670 / 07378310079 or judy.porter@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.