Improving Mental Wellbeing

The Wellbeing for Life team can support you to improve your mental wellbeing.

Your mental health is important. Some mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are common. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.  If you have such an illness, it’s important to get the right treatment. However, there’s more to good mental health than avoiding or treating mental illness. There is also positive mental wellbeing.

Mental wellbeing is important as we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is also evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health, and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well. Our team will work with you to increase confidence and self-esteem and engage with the community around you.

Having good mental wellbeing does not mean that you will never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.

Take these five steps to improve your mental wellbeing today. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. It is definitely worth a try so keep an open mind

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
  • Take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Enjoy the simple things in life.

Get in touch on 0800 8766887

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Upcoming events

Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2018

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham

To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 20 October

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham

To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 27 October

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 31 October

November 2018

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham

To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 03 November

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 07 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham

To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 10 November

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 14 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham

To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 17 November

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 21 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham




To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am – 10:30am

Saturday 24 November

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00  per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 28 November

December 2018

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 05 December

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 12 December

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 19 December

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2018

Supported Gym Session

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people,

This is a FREE group for any level or ability

St Johns Chapel, Village Hall, Market Place, Weardale, DL13 1QF

Ways to Wellbeing

You can join an activity by contacting the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

You need to register before attending and an introductory visit can be arranged by calling 03000 262 539 or emailing waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

11:00 to 12:00

Monday 22 October

Memory Cafe

Come and join us for free, every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

  • Socialise and make new friends
  • Games, activities and quizzes plus music and refreshments
  • Everyone is welcome, whether you have dementia, are a carer, or simply want to socialise

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318

Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 4SF

Wellbeing for Life-Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318 or 01325 321234 for more information

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14:00 to 16:00

Monday 22 October

Aerobic Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people

This is a FREE group for any level or ability.

Frosterley Village Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

You can join an activity by contacting the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

You need to register before attending and an introductory visit can be arranged by calling 03000 262 539 or emailing waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

11:00 to 12:00

Tuesday 23 October

Reading Group – Free

Relaxed, sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discuss the latest book. Join any time. New books are issued every month and then discussed at the next session. Spaces may be limited, so please contact us for availability.

Friday14:30 to 15:30 Wolsingham Library monthly, every fourth Friday

Wolsingham Library monthly, every fourth Friday

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact the Ways to Wellbeing team today for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area. Please register before attending.

Telephone 03000 262 539

email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

14:30 to 15:30

Friday 26 October

Supported Gym Session

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

This is a free group for any level or ability

St Johns Chapel, Village Hall, Weardale, DL13 1QF

Ways to Wellbeing

You can join an activity by contacting the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

You Need to register before attending and an introductory visit can be arranged by calling 03000 262 539 or emailing waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

11:00 to 12:00

Monday 29 October

Aerobic Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

 

This is a FREE group for any level or ability

Frosterley Village Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

You can join an activity by contacting the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

You need to register before attending and an introductory visit can be arranged by calling 03000 262 539 or emailing waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

11:00 to 12:00

Tuesday 30 October

November 2018

Healthy Lifestyle appointments at your GP Surgery

If you are registered with Pease Way Medical Centre and would like support around

  • healthy eating
  • weight management
  • reducing your risk of developing diabetes

you can contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss the support we are able to offer.

 

(This group is for patients of Pease Way Medical Centre and by appointment only. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact the lead staff member or Wellbeing for Life admin on 01325 321 234)

Pease Way Medical Centre, 2 Pease Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5NH

Wellbeing for Life- Kathryn Harbin 0782 688 4684

Every Thursday from 6th September with appointments between 15:30 and18:30

From 15:30

Thursday 08 November

Memory Cafe

Come and join us for free, every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

2 – 4pm

Socialise and make new friends

Games, activities and quizzes plus music and refreshments

Everyone is welcome, whether you have dementia, are a carer, or simply want to socialise

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318 or 01325 321234 for more information

Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 4SF

Contact Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318 or 01325 321234 for more information

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14:00 to 16:00

Monday 12 November

Reading Group – Free

Relaxed, sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discuss the latest book. Join any time. New books are issued every month and then discussed at the next session. Spaces may be limited, so please contact us for availability.

Friday14:30 to 15:30 Wolsingham Library monthly, every fourth Friday

Wolsingham Library monthly, every fourth Friday

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact the Ways to Wellbeing team today for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area. Please register before attending.

Telephone 03000 262 539

email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

14:30 to 15:30

Friday 23 November

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2018

Keep Fit

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Chester le Street Parish Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

15:00 - 16:00

Thursday 18 October

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 18 October

Couch to 5K healthy lifestyle sessions

(Closed group)

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact us on 0800 8766 887)

Week 1 Paperwork- measurements optional

Week 2 Physical activity, Ready for your run

Week 3 Eat well guide, Fuel up for your run

Week 4 Don’t let drink sneak up on you, the healthy hangover

Week 5 Five steps to wellbeing, eyes on the prize

Week 6 Signoff & signposting

The Riverside

Chester le street.

Diane Taylor
Julie Stobbart
Jennie Cammidge

07789 486 736

07717 320 074

07827 982 462

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday for 6 weeks from 18th October

12:30 - 13:00

Thursday 18 October

Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Ushaw Moor Baptist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

11:00 to 12:00

Thursday 18 October

Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

St James Church Hall, Burnopfield

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday 13:30 to 14:30

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Thursday 18 October

Get Creative

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Durham Clayport Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:30

Thursday 18 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Community Fitness Suite

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Thursday 18 October

Healthy Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

St Patrick’s Church Hall, Consett

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Thursday 18 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Witton Gilbert Parish Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Friday 19 October

Get Creative – Arts & Crafts

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

The Venue (formerly Stanley day Centre)

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 12:00

Friday 19 October

Get Creative – Knit & Natter

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Chester-Le-Street Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Friday 19 October

Zumba

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

The Venue

Stanley

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Friday 19 October

Keep Fit

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Annfield Plain Methodist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Friday 19 October

Pilates

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Fulforth centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

17:30 - 18:30

Friday 19 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Beamish Museum

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Friday 19 October

Get Creative

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Consett Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:00 - 16:00

Monday 22 October

Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Fulforth Centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Monday 22 October

Gardening Group

Practical gardening programme to facilitate use of the community garden and provide informal education around gardening theory & practice.

Community garden & The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett park

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

Voluntary donation

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 12:00

Monday 22 October

Pilates

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Lynwood House, Lanchester

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 13:30

Monday 22 October

Couch 2 5k running group

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness.

Booking is required.

Lanchester Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

10 Weeks

(starting 3/9/18)

Every Monday

Booking is required.

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:15 - 19:15

Monday 22 October