Help to look after mental wellbeing on your doorstep

An innovative course to help people look after their mental health is now on offer at a Whitstable supermarket.

The six-week course, Feel Well, Live Well, is for people who have been referred to Addaction’s Mental Health Services in the Canterbury area.

The course, run on Tuesday evenings at the Tesco store, will help people to manage their mood more effectively, help them to challenge negative thoughts, improve their motivation, overcome fears and improve their sleep patterns. The current course started in December with two more planned; one later this month and another in March.

The workshops are run by Addaction’s psychological wellbeing practitioners, who are highly qualified in helping people to manage anxiety and depression. Over the six weeks, they will talk to participants about physical symptoms, thoughts, behaviour and actions, problems, worries and sleep. People are also taught relaxation techniques to help manage how they feel.

Addaction is holding the sessions within the community space at the supermarket which has been offered by Tesco for free, as part of their commitment to the local community.

Deputy service manager Anna Bate, who set up the link with Tesco, said: “The aim of the course is to make access to treatment for anxiety and depression as easy as possible and that we want to help to show that maintaining good mental health and wellbeing should be as important and routine as your weekly shop.”

The course at the Millstrood Road store is available for people who have either been referred to the service by their GP or who have self-referred. The course can be accessed by Addaction patients only and is not a drop-in. For more information about the course and Addaction’s mental health service, call 0300 012 0012 or email: canterburycoastalptp@kca.org.uk

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