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
February 2019

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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 course designed to give you confidence first in a safe off road environment progressing to cycling on the road. Led by qualified instructors you will gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle safely.  Cycles and helmets are available to use free of charge if you don’t have your own.

Booking is required.

 

Seaham Harbour Marina, Unit 10, The Waterside Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham SR7 7EE

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

1pm-2.30pm

Wednesday 20 February

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: Arts and 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 Community Centre, Hesleden Rd, Hartlepool TS27 4LG

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

1.30 - 3.00pm

Wednesday 20 February

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.

Cost – FREE

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

10.30am-11.30am

Thursday 21 February

Reading Groups

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.

Reading Groups: 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 for availability.

Trimdon Library, Church Road, Trimdon TS29 6PY

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

5pm-6pm

Thursday 21 February

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.

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

10.30am-11.30am

Thursday 21 February

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, 14 Middle St, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool TS27 4EA

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

10.00 - 11.00am

Thursday 21 February

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 7 February 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing.  This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710.  Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

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

David Hall

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

9.30am - 10.15am

Thursday 21 February

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: 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

Shotton Library, 4 Co-Operative Terrace, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2LW

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

3.30 - 4.30pm

Friday 22 February

Get Connected

A safe space for those with mental health issues to socialise and enjoy themselves.  Meets weekly

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

Will Maddison

Please register your interest via Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710 as places are limited

12:30pm-2:30pm

Friday 22 February

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: 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

Seaham Library, Sophia St, Seaham SR7 7JN

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

1.30 - 2.30pm

Friday 22 February

Creative Writing & Crafts

Come along to a friendly, comfortable environment where you can share your creativity with like minded others.

Every Friday for 8 weeks commencing 25 January 2019.

£2.00 per session.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Peterlee SR8 3EX

Jaynie Dixon-Hand

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

1.00 - 2.30pm

Friday 22 February

Reading Groups

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.

Reading Groups: 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 for availability.

Horden Library, Sunderland Road, Horden, Peterlee SR8 4PF

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

10.30am-12.30am

Saturday 23 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 23 February

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.

Cost – FREE

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

10am-11am

Sunday 24 February

Reading Groups

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.

Reading Groups: 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 for availability.

Ferryhill Library

North Street,

Ferryhill

DL17 8HX

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

3pm-4pm

Monday 25 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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 course designed to give you confidence first in a safe off road environment progressing to cycling on the road. Led by qualified instructors you will gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle safely.  Cycles and helmets are available to use free of charge if you don’t have your own.

Booking is required.

Easington Colliery Former Pit Car park (off Seaside Lane), Abbott Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

10.30am-11.30am

Monday 25 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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 course designed to give you confidence first in a safe off road environment progressing to cycling on the road. Led by qualified instructors you will gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle safely.  Cycles and helmets are available to use free of charge if you don’t have your own.

Booking is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladder Centre, 5-7 Coniston Road, Ferryhill DL17 8EZ

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

10am-11am

Monday 25 February

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: 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 Ways to Wellbeing for further details.

Free

Peterlee Library, Peterlee Leisure Centre, St Cuthbert’s Way, Peterlee, Co Durham SR8 1AF

Ways to Wellbeing




03000 262 539

11.00 - 12.00pm

Monday 25 February

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 Cuthbert’s Way, Peterlee, Co Durham SR8 1AF

Ways to Wellbeing


03000 262 539

5.00 - 7.00pm

Monday 25 February

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: 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

Murton Library, Barnes Rd, Murton, Seaham SR7 9QR


Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

2.00 - 3.00pm

Monday 25 February

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
February 2019

Supported Gym Sessions

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

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 25 February

March 2019

Supported Gym Sessions

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 04 March

Memory Cafe

Come and join us fortnightly!

  • 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

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

14:00 to 16:00

Monday 11 March

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
February 2019

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.

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 20 February

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, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Wednesday 20 February

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.

Ebchester Village Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Wednesday 20 February

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

Langley Park Miners Welfare Institute

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday 20 February

Eat Wise & Exercise

Fitness is not about being better than someone else…

It’s about being better than you used to be.

Join us for information and tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life and also get 45 mins FREE gym time to get you on your road to fitness.

Pelton Community Centre

Front Street, Pelton DH2 1DE

Michelle Phillips

07826 884 695

0800 8766 887

Starting Wednesday 16th January 2019 and running for 8 weeks

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13:00 - 15:00

Wednesday 20 February

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

Durham County Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 13:00

Wednesday 20 February

Wellbeing & Mindfulness

Treat yourself to some much needed ‘me’ time on this 5 week wellbeing and mindfulness programme. Learn to refocus and regain clarity using simple tools of NLP and Mindfulness. Peel back limiting beliefs and create a motivating vision to work towards. Reenergise with gentle exercise and fresh air.

Please book your place and pay in advance by calling Wharton Park on 03000 262 655. Please note normal parking charges apply.

Wharton Park

Durham

Ways to Wellbeing

£20 for the course

Every Wednesday for 5 weeks from 30/01/2019

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 20 February

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.

Pelton Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every third Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Wednesday 20 February

Get Creative – Coffee & Colour

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, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday 20 February

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 Lodge at Blackhill and Consett Park

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 20 February

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

Gala Theatre, Durham

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Wednesday 20 February

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

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Wednesday 20 February

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.

Bullion Hall, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 11:00

Wednesday 20 February

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.

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 21 February

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 21 February

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.

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 21 February

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.

Lanchester Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every third Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

17:30 - 18:30

Thursday 21 February

Healthy lifestyle course

Giving you the opportunity to take care of yourself so that you can thrive into the New Year:

Learn about keeping your heart healthy, 5 ways to wellbeing, activity for health and giving yourself some me time with relaxation techniques and mindfulness.

The Haven Community centre,

South Moor

Julie Stobbart and Diane Taylor

07789 486 736

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Starting Thursday 24th January and running for 6 weeks

11:00 -12:00

Thursday 21 February

Wellbeing for Life Social Group

Meeting up with friends and new people in a friendly environment and enjoying group games and events such as Bowls, Bingo and Quizzes along with a chat over a cuppa.

Stanley Bowls Centre

Front Street

Stanley

DH9 0HU

Caroline Cranston & Laura Hood

07826 530 851

07826 884 693

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday from 14 February 2019

10:30-12:30

Thursday 21 February

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.

Bowburn Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every Third Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Thursday 21 February