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.

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Upcoming events

Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
April 2019

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 24 April

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 April

May 2019

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 01 May

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 04 May

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 08 May

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 11 May

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 15 May

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 18 May

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 22 May

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 25 May

June 2019

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 01 June

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 June

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 08 June

Stroke Support Group

A friendly group offering people who have experienced a stroke a chance to meet and share experiences. Meets fortnightly.

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

 

Healthworks Reception, 0191 372 8710

 

1:30pm -3:30pm

Monday 10 June

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 June

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 15 June

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 19 June

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 22 June

Stroke Support Group

A friendly group offering people who have experienced a stroke a chance to meet and share experiences. Meets fortnightly.

 

 

 

 

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

Healthworks Reception, 0191 372 8710

 

 

1:30pm -3:30pm

Monday 24 June

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 26 June

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
May 2019

Gentle Circuits in Stanhope

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.

Stanhope Community Centre, 11 Front Street, Stanhope, DL13 2NQ

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

09:30 to 10:30

Monday 27 May

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
April 2019

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 April

Get Creative – Patchwork

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.

Brandon Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:00 - 15:00

Monday 22 April

Gentle 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 April

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

13:00 - 15:00

Monday 22 April

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.

Newton Hall Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every second Monday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 15:30

Monday 22 April

Reading Group

Relaxed sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discus 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.

Consett Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every second Monday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

11:00 - 12:00

Monday 22 April

Reading Group

Relaxed sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discus 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.

Newton Hall Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every second Monday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Monday 22 April

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 April

Exercise to Music

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.

Bowburn Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Monday 22 April

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Esh Winning Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:00 - 14:30

Monday 22 April

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

13:30 - 14:30

Monday 22 April

Gentle 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.

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Monday 22 April

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Chester-Le-Street Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Tuesday 23 April

Get Creative – Creative Writing

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.

Lanchester Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday (Term time Only)

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 23 April

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.

Bear Park Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 14:00

Tuesday 23 April

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Consett Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 15:00

Tuesday 23 April

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Annfield Plain Methodist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 12:00

Tuesday 23 April

Yoga **Waiting List**

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.

Cornerstones Centre, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 23 April

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.

Bowburn Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Tuesday 23 April

Yoga

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.

Langley Park Miners Institute

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 23 April