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Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to take care of their mental health and wellbeing – promoting a range of self-care actions to promote good mental health and tackle common problems.

By using this free tool, and answering a few questions, you can generate a tailored self-care action plan to support your mental health and wellbeing. The One You website includes in-depth modules on stress, sleeplessness, anxiety and low mood, as well as information on trauma, OCD, panic and social anxiety. Each module contains information on what can cause changes in people’s mental health, possible signs to look out or, advice on things you can do, and when to seek further support.

 

What can you do to take care of your mental health and wellbeing in Wirral?

Talking Together Wirral, your local IAPT service, offers a free, confidential talking therapy service on behalf of the NHS. They can help with common issues such as: depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship difficulties, family problems, phobias and trauma.

 

You could also try these self-help ideas:

 

Be more active:

There are a range of activities available across the borough to keep you fit and healthy, many of which are free to access. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood. Some scientists think being active can improve wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control, and the ability to rise to a challenge.

Local parks – why not take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of some of Wirral’s parks. You could join a walking club or simply take the family for a day out.

Leisure centres – Wirral’s leisure centre’s offer a huge range of activities to keep you fit and active, including exercise classes, gymnasiums, swimming, tennis, golf, and even links to Wirral Sailing Centre at West Kirby Marine Lake. You could also try a yoga or Pilates class which promotes healthy mind sets and wellbeing.

 

Stay connected:

Volunteering is a great way of staying connecting with the local community and meeting up with like-minded people. Community Action Wirral aims to keep you up to date with everything that is happening in Wirral’s third sector, from community events to funding that you might be able to access. Part of their work is to help connect community groups to local volunteers, which can help make the Wirral community thrive.

You could even go to a local reading group – The Reader offers a range of groups across Merseyside which brings people together and books to life.

 

Reframing unhelpful thoughts:

Local libraries are a great resource for NHS approved self-help books on a range of mental health topics. Find your nearest library here.

Wirral Mind offers a drop-in centre with counselling support and hosts events throughout the year to keep you connected.

 

Healthy Living:

Wirral has a variety of activities and third sector organisations to support you in a healthy lifestyle.

Alcohol/substance misuse services – Wirral Way to Recovery

Smoking cessation service – ABL Wirral

 

Other organisations which could help:

Ask Us Wirral – can help with a wide range of topics including issues relating to benefits, housing, debt, community and social care, immigration and relationship breakdown.

Age UK Wirral – support with social isolation and loneliness for all age groups.

Wirral Change and Wirral Multicultural Organisation – support for people from BAME backgrounds

WIRED – Offers support to carers including a Carers Wellbeing service and advice on accessing carers support

Beacon Counselling – offers free gambling counselling and support in Merseyside

Poppy Factory – offers employment support to veterans with mental health and physical issues

The Spider Project – offers a wide range of creative arts courses, holistic therapies and physical exercise sessions

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral – project designed to benefit women aged 18+ and is committed to reducing female imprisonment, offending, and providing assistance to those women who want to make positive lifestyle changes

 

Can’t find the support you’re looking for? Healthwatch Wirral offers an online directory which can signpost you to organisations across Wirral that provide health and care support.