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The group’s focus is to educate people about common mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression, how to spot the signs and symptoms as well as finding helpful ways of coping and improving them.

You can attend the two-hour session on a drop-in basis – and will be encouraged to participate as much or as little as you like.

What can you expect from the Wellbeing group?

The group offers peer support and helps to reduce stigma by normalising conversations about mental health.  It encourages people to talk about wellbeing challenges or triumphs with others who share similar experiences. The group provides an accepting and supportive environment. The educative workshops gives an opportunity to access support and identify helpful and holistic ways of coping and improving mental health.

The group has guidelines and a contract to ensure that it’s a safe, accepting, confidential and respectful space for everyone who attends. The group is facilitated by a qualified counsellor to help people to process their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Therapy and counselling are not available within the group but details of local counselling services can be provided upon request.

What happens at the Wellbeing group?

The group activities and events are identified, discussed, negotiated and agreed in partnership with group members.  Some sessions start with guided-relaxation which is followed by share-timefor people to share their experiences and access peer support. Following a short refreshment break (tea and coffee will be provided with a small cost) there is an educative workshop exploring topics like;

  • Food and mood,
  • Developing self-compassion
  • Silencing the inner critic
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Challenging negative thinking
  • Building self-esteem.
  • Music and Mental Health
  • Alternative therapies
  • Exercise and neuroplasticity
  • What is mental health?
  • Goal setting

Feedback from people using the Wellbeing Group (Verwood)…

“I have felt more reassured since attending the Wellbeing group knowing that I have the opportunity, if I wish to talk through issues that are affecting my mental health and the chance to learn about different topics and coping skills which can help with managing everyday life better. The support has helped me through a difficult year and made me realise I’m not alone”

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