Live Well Community
We support the mental health and overall wellbeing of the people in our community by providing teaching, guidance and awareness of principles, techniques and tools to support positive mental wellbeing.
The Man Cave
This is our men’s mental health project, we have an online facebook group to help reduce the stigma and support all men. This group is a safe, no-judgemental place to have a chat about anything and mental health issues. We run Men’s Only Fitness session once a week and also have our Men’s Time to Talk drop in session that runs weekly in Sacriston Surgery. The session is a peer support group ran by Michael who has lived experience to simply talk, raise awareness, enrich lives and bring the community together.
For Year 6 and Secondary School aged young people. Each session includes a warm up and a 20 minute fitness session – Bootcamp Circuits or Boxercise or HIIT/Tabatta – followed by a cool down and stretch. We then move on to group-based work exploring emotional wellbeing topics. Evidence shows that using exercise first, ‘breaks the ice’ within the group, gets the body producing endorphins and flushing away cortisol, resulting in the group being more open and engaged in the ’emotional wellbeing’ group work.
Relax Kids use a 7 Step Programme, to bring children from a high-energy to low energy state. Each ‘block’ of sessions (a block is typically 6, 1 hour sessions) relates to a ‘theme’. Themes can be tailored to the interests of the group of children or generalised themes for example, Superheroes. Relax Kids ‘Magical Adventures’ classes are aimed at primary age children. Sessions include physical movement and group games; stretching and self-massage; breathing techniques; positive affirmations; visualisation and relaxation.
Adults Relaxation and Wellbeing Courses
Our adult sessions focus specifically on adults taking some ‘time out’ to look after their own emotional wellbeing. We use the Relax Kids 7 step process whilst exploring topics such as positive self talk and self love, gratitude, reframing, self confidence, assertiveness, etc. As always, we teach techniques such as breathing, self-massage, mindful moments and deep body relaxation to be practiced in day to day life.