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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Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
December 2018

Get Creative

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.

Get Creative: 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 Ways to Wellbeing for further details.

Free

Blackhall Library,

Back Middle Street,

Blackhall,

Hartlepool,

County Durham,

TS27 4HD

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

10am-11am

Thursday 13 December

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 December

Health Walks

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.

FREE – Health Walks: Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.  No booking required.

Easington Colliery Former Pit Car Park

(Off seaside Lane)

Abbott Street

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

10:30am-11:30am

Monday 17 December

Get Creative

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.

Get Creative: Crochet; 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 Ways to Wellbeing for further details.

Free

Peterlee Library

Peterlee Leisure Centre

St Cuthberts Way

Peterlee

County Durham

SR8 1AF

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

5pm-7pm

Monday 17 December

Health Walks

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.

FREE – Health Walks: Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.  No booking required.

Coxhoe Active Life Centre

Linden grove

Durham

DH6 4DW

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

1pm-2pm

Tuesday 18 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

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 22 December

January 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 05 January

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 09 January

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.

5:00pm - 6:10pm & 6:20pm - 7:30pm

Saturday 12 January

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 16 January

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 19 January

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 23 January

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 26 January

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 30 January

February 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 02 February

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 06 February

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 09 February

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.

£2.00 venue/tutor charge.

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

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 13 February

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 16 February

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
December 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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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.

Brandon Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every second Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Thursday 13 December

Let’s Cook Together

Cooking a healthy lunch together – prepping, cooking and eating the lunch prepared.

Cost – £3.50 to eat the lunch but haven’t helped prepare it

£2.00 if you have helped prepare the lunch

Waddington Street Centre

3 Waddington Street, Durham DH1 4 4BG

Dawn Roe

07827 981 736

0800 8766 887

Every other Thursday from 18th October

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10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 13 December

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 13 December

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.

Annfield Plain Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every second Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Thursday 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 14 December

Countryside Guided Walks

County Durham’s beautiful countryside is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and the area has a fascinating historical and geological heritage. All are welcome to come and explore with us as we have walks to suit everyone.

No booking required.

Greencroft and Lanchester via Chapmans Well

7.5 miles (4.5 hours)

Roadside in Greencroft Industrial Estate

Off A693

Near Stanley

DH9 7YA

Ways to Wellbeing

£4

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00

Friday 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 17 December

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 17 December