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Live It Library

Live It Library in Maidstone Add to Your Support

The next Live It Library event is happening this Friday, 3 October in Maidstone.  The Live It Library is an opportunity to challenge stigma about mental health issues. The Live It Library is an online resource of people telling their stories about experiences with mental health. This can be the individual themselves, carers, friends and relatives and even mental health professionals.  The aim of the library is to share stories, challenge stigma, promote understanding, to offer hope and to enable people to speak honestly about their experiences.

How you can get involved:

The Live It Library wants anyone who has experience of mental health issues you could be a carer or professional or maybe have your own experiences, who is willing to be recorded for the website to come and get involved. These stories will become part of a resource that allows individuals, professionals and groups to easily access our participants or ‘books’ and it is hoped that our story tellers can become involved in training and events to talk about their stories and experiences.

Our next Live It Library event is going to be in Maidstone at the Kingswood Community Mental Health Team on the 3 October 10am – 4pm to find out more about the library email: louise@liveitwell.org.uk

The Live It Library is a collaborative project being hosted on Live It Well between Live It Well (KCC), Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and Rethink Mental Illness.

To find out more about the Live it Library and to listen to some of the stories we already have click here.

 

Stoptober 2014

Stoptober 2014 Add to Your Support

Are you taking part in Stoptober? During October, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober – a 28 day challenge to stop smoking. Stoptober is a great way to quit smoking with lots of free support and encouragement to keep you motivated. The great news is that by stopping smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree! So come on stub it out in Stoptober!

The Stoptober campaign has different ways to help you stop smoking which include:

  • An app to help you monitor your progress and stay on track during Stoptober for online or for a smartphone
  • A free Stoptober pack to get tools and tips on how to prepare for Stoptober, a 28 day calendar to track your progress, and a stress toy to help keep your hands busy!
  • Daily motivational texts to give you daily tips and reminders to help you stay smokefree throughout Stoptober

Click here to join up for the Stoptober campaign or for other ways of stopping smoking see our information on how to quit smoking and where to get local support go to our information on Live It Well by clicking here.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Free Mental Health First Aid Training Add to Your Support

Kent County Council has commissioned free Mental Health First Aid training for the people of Kent. The free courses start in October 2014.  Mental Health First Aid training is an internationally recognised training programme, currently being delivered in 23 countries around the world. The aim of these courses is to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness

There are three types of free courses available:

To find out more about the fully funded MHFA training, or book onto an MHFA course, visit www.sevenoaksareamind.org.uk/mhfa.  Alternatively call Ruth Brown on 01732 744950.

Please note that if a booking is cancelled at short notice a cancellation fee will be charged.

To find out more about Mental Health First Aid in England go to: mhfaengland.org

Great British Walk 2014

Get involved in a Great British Walk this Autumn Add to Your Support

The National Trust are encouraging everyone to join them for a great British walk this autumn.  The countryside is alive with colour this time of year as the autumn landscape changes from green to gold. The National Trust want you to join in the celebration of autumn by you getting out and exploring their new walking trails and events.

Walking is a great way to Be Active, but it’s also a great way to get out take notice and enjoy the great countryside that we have around us in Kent.  It is easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment and if you walk in a group it’s a great way to connect with others.

The National Trust’s Great British Walk is part of their celebration that will run until  November 4 with more than 3,000 events planned at National Trust properties in some of the country’s best walking locations. There are already hundreds of free downloadable walks on the National Trust website to choose from.

So why not get involved in the Great British Walk this autumn and if you’re out and about take a photo of the lovely autumn colours and share it with us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent. We would also love to hear how walking makes a difference in your life, so come on let us know on our facebook page too.

To find one of the National Trust’s Great British Walks follow this link: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking/map/

To find more local walks closer to you go to: Kent.gov Kent Walks website: www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk

To find a local health walk in Kent go to Walking for Health by following the link.

http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/latest-news/walking-health/

To find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing go to our web page.

NHS Talking Therapy Live It Well

Free NHS Talking Therapy Add to Your Support

Are you feeling stressed or depressed or anxious? Or struggling with a phobia, eating disorder or addiction? Or if you are looking for someone to help you through a difficult time in life, maybe a friend or relative has died or you’re struggling with fertility of if you have lost your job?

If you answered yes to any of the above why not refer yourself into see a free NHS funded therapist?  There are a range of free NHS funded talking therapists based across Kent and Medway.

Talking therapies, sometimes known as counselling can help all sorts of people in many different situations. Talking therapy, or counselling is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or who has emotional problems they are struggling to sort out on their own.

Why talking therapy or counselling may help

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. The therapist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make.

To find your local free NHS funded talking therapy service go to our NHS Counselling and Therapy page and look up the information in your local area.

NHS Talking Therapies provide counselling and support for common mental health problems; anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, phobias and anger, as well as problems with regards to relationships, work or debt.   

http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/support-and-help/nhs-counselling-therapy-kent-medway/

10 Minute Shake Up Change 4 Life

10 Minute Shake Up’s for Summer Add to Your Support

Change 4 Life are running the 10 Minute Shake Up challenge this summer.  They have developed some quick and easy activities to get your kid’s moving and active this summer.  Change 4 Life have teamed up with Disney and created some fantastic ways to help your kids get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need every day. Being active helps your kids maintain a healthy weight and helps their heart and bones stay healthy. Plus, playing together can also help them develop social skills and gain confidence. There’ll be loads of games to choose from.

Change 4 Life have teamed with Disney to get your kids to have more fun this summer so why not sign up for 10 minute shake up’s, its free, you will get:

  • A free pack with stopwatch, activity cards, Disney themed wall chart & stickers
  • Lots of games and activities in the 10 minute shake up zone

Go to Change 4 Life and sign up to shake up your summer now!

Change 4 Life 10 Minute Shake Ups

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

Want more about Change for Life?

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Suicide Prevention

You Are Not Alone – It’s Good to talk Add to Your Support

The recent sad news about the death of the comedian and actor Robin Williams has cast a spotlight on suicide. The important thing for anyone experiencing depression or distress is to remember is that no one is alone – there is help available 24 hours a day. Please ask for it if you think you need it.

Anyone feeling despair is encouraged to speak to someone – whether a friend, their family, their doctor or the Samaritans (available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90, or email  jo@samaritans.org)

The free Mental Health Matters helpline offers confidential emotional support and advice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people in Kent and Medway, on 0800 107 0160. Helpline staff are trained in counselling skills and have details of local services. You can also access online support with Mental Health Matters via the link on this website – in the right hand column.

People in severe distress who are already being treated by a specialist mental health team are advised to call their care co-ordinator.

Anyone experiencing severe distress for the first time should see their GP who will be able to refer them to the service which can help them best.

You can also find advice and support on our Need Help Now Page.

If you feel that you may want to talk to a counsellor or therapist there are free NHS funded therapies in Kent and Medway that you can refer yourself into you can find out about these by going to our NHS Funded Therapy page.

Support is also available for people who have been bereaved, whether by suicide or other causes. Contact Cruse on 0844 477 9400 or at helpline@cruse.org.uk. Young people who are grieving can call the Cruse young people’s helpline free on 0808 808 1677 or email info@rd4u.org.uk.

Please ask for help if you need it – there are people available 24 hours a day to help you.

Couch to 5K Running Plan

Couch to 5K – free running plan Add to Your Support

Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.
But, did you know that regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control?
The Couch to 5K plan is designed to get you off the couch and gradually work you up to running 5K or for half an hour, in just nine weeks.

What is Couch to 5K?

Couch to 5K is a running plan developed to help absolute beginners get into running. The beginners’ running plan was developed by a novice runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his fiftysomething mum get off the couch and start running too. The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in between, with a different schedule for each of the nine weeks.

How does Couch to 5K work?

Probably the biggest challenge a novice runner faces is not knowing how or where to start. Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we’re just getting started. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Week One involves running for just a minute at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable right from the start.

Who is Couch to 5K for?

Couch to 5K is for everyone. Whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is a free and easy way of getting fitter and more healthy. If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime such as Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

To read about the Couch to 5K plan on NHS Choices follow the link: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/get-running-with-couch-to-5k.aspx

To download the running plan: www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Couch-to-5K-running-plan.aspx

To donwload the free app at Change 4 Life: http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

health-help-now

Health Help Now Add to Your Support

Health Help Now aims to help people find the right service in Kent and Medway for their health needs, especially when they need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening emergency.

If you require urgent treatment for symptoms which are not listed on Health Help Now, please ring NHS 111.

Health Help Now has been developed with input from local GPs, hospital doctors, and other health professionals. It lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for treatment. The one which works best for most people is listed first and the other suggestions follow in order. Health Help Now then links through to local services, and shows whether they are open or closed and their location.

To find out more follow the link: www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net

Thanet Feel Good Photo Competition 2014

Feel Good Photo Competition Add to Your Support

Share a photo of Kent that makes you feel good and get the chance to win a year’s worth of inspiring views! 

Kent County Council’s Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign is offering an annual pass to all nine of its Country Parks.  So whether you’re visiting Pegwell Bay, Lullingstone or Shorne Woods, you can park at these – and six others – for free.

So while your getting out and about this summer why not send us a photo of a Kent that makes you feel good.   It could be a view of your favourite street or building, a snapshot of hills and fields or a glimpse of the sea.

Take your photo, tell us where you’ve taken it and, if you want to, why it makes you happy.  Then send it to mentalwellbeing@kent.gov.uk by midnight of Sunday 31 August 2014.

Between now and then we’ll be creating a Feel Good Gallery on our Facebook page and a gallery on the Live It Well Website featuring a selection of the photos we receive.

The overall winner will be announced by Friday 3 October 2014.

By taking and sharing your photos you’ll be boosting your own wellbeing, and other people’s, in several ways:

  • by pausing to look at your surroundings, you’re taking notice
  • by sharing your favourite views you’re giving to others
  • and if your special corner of Kent is unfamiliar to your audience, they’ll be learning as well!

For full terms and conditions follow the link.

Having a stroll around one of Kent’s country parks is a great way to boost your wellbeing.  You’re being active and taking notice at the same time.  Want to find out more about the green spaces near you?  Go to Kent County Council’s County Parks Website by following the link: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-park

Walking for health

Walking for Health Add to Your Support

Ever feel like it’d be nice to get out and about more often? Get a little more fresh air in your lungs? Be a bit more active? Lots of us wish we did more exercise. We know it’s good for us. And we know our health’s important. But it can be easy to find excuses for not actually getting out there and doing it:

  • The gym is boring / intimidating / expensive.
  • There’s not enough time.
  • My knee / back / hip isn’t up to it these days.
  • It’s no fun.

Sound familiar?

Walking works
If you find it difficult to get active, why not start walking? It’s really easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment – and best of all it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.

Walking can improve your health, your happiness and, if you join one of our groups, it will give you the chance to Be Active to explore the outdoors and Take Notice & Connect with your local area and meet new people.

To find out more about Walking for Health follow the link: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

To find your local Walking for Health scheme follow this link and put in your postcode: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

The video below highlights just a few of the benefits that thousands of people across the country get from walking.

Photo Competition 2014

Feel Good Photo Competition Add to Your Support

Share a photo of Kent that makes you feel good and get the chance to win a year’s worth of inspiring views!

Kent County Council’s Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign is offering an annual pass to all nine of its Country Parks.  So whether you’re visiting Pegwell Bay, Lullingstone or Shorne Woods, you can park at these – and six others – for free.

Just send a photo of a part of Kent that makes you feel good.   It could be a view of your favourite street or building, a snapshot of hills and fields or a glimpse of the sea.

Take your photo, tell us where you’ve taken it and, if you want to, why it makes you happy.  Then send it to mentalwellbeing@kent.gov.uk by midnight of Sunday 31 August 2014.

Between now and then we’ll be creating a Feel Good Gallery on our Facebook page and a gallery on the Live It Well Website featuring a selection of the photos we receive.

The overall winner will be announced by Friday 3 October 2014.

By taking and sharing your photos you’ll be boosting your own wellbeing, and other people’s, in several ways:

  • by pausing to look at your surroundings, you’re taking notice
  • by sharing your favourite views you’re giving to others
  • and if your special corner of Kent is unfamiliar to your audience, they’ll be learning as well!

For full terms and conditions follow the link.

Having a stroll around one of Kent’s country parks is a great way to boost your wellbeing.  You’re being active and taking notice at the same time.  Want to find out more about the green spaces near you?  Go to Kent County Council’s County Parks Website by following the link: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-park

Free Wellbeing Podcasts

Free audio podcasts to help you relax and improve your wellbeing Add to Your Support

There are some great free audio podcasts available to help you relax and to help your wellbeing and help boost your mood.   Live It Well have pulled together a selection of the most NHS Choices free podcasts for you. You can pick and choose which of these mental wellbeing audio guides you want to listen to, or you can listen to them all. Each audio guide takes on a different aspect of your mental wellbeing and gives you some simple, common sense advice on what you might do to boost your mood.

NHS Choices Moodzone have even more free podcasts available, you can get these free audio guides by following the link.

Love Parks Week 2014

Love Parks Week 2014 Add to Your Support

Love Parks Week is running from the 25 July to – 3 August to encourage you to visit, enjoy and take pride in your local parks and green spaces, because parks and green spaces are essential to healthy, happy and strong communities.

Kent has more than 200 parks and open spaces, from lazy riverbanks to action packed play areas, find a corner of greenery near you. Most of the Love Parks week events are free so it’s a great start to the school holidays for families.

And while you’re in the Park why not take a photo of it and enter our Feel Good competition find out more at the link.

Loving parks and open spaces supports our Six Ways to Wellbeing Campaign by: Being Active, Keep Learning (about the park and wildlife), Connecting (with others), Taking Notice and by supporting the park and environment Care for the planet so you will have it hit six of your five a day!

Here are Ten more Park Facts…

  1. 91% of people believe that public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life.
  2. A brisk walk every day, in your local park, can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 50%, strokes by 50%, diabetes by 50%, fracture of the femur by 30%, colon cancer by 30%, breast cancer by 30% and Alzheimer’s by 25%.
  3. Air quality, air temperature, water and flood management, are all kept within manageable limits because of parks and green spaces.
  4. The more often a person visits urban open green spaces, the less often he or she will report stress-related illnesses.
  5. Outdoor play and adventure can increase levels of physical activity and fitness, activate higher cognitive processes and healthy brain development.
  6. Elderly people who have close access to a place where they can relax and enjoy nature, show significantly greater satisfaction with where they live.
  7. The number one ranked issue for good parks and public spaces is that they give a sense of community.
  8. Owners of small companies rank recreation, parks and open spaces as the highest priority in choosing a new location for their business.
  9. Over 10% of the population choose to use their local green spaces daily.
  10. Over 50% of us visit a park at least once a week, to improve physical – and mental – health, to enhance our closest relationships, to chill out, to interact with our communities and to have a good time.

To find out more go to Love Parks Week: www.loveparksweek.org

To find out about the Parks and Green Spaces in Kent follow this link: www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities

To search for events in Love Parks week follow the link:  http://www.loveparksweek.org/content/whats

 

 

10 Minute Shake Up Change 4 Life

Get Ready for a 10 Minute Shake Up Add to Your Support

Now is the time to get ready for this summers 10 minute shake up! Change 4 Life are launching 10 minute shake ups to get your kid’s moving and active this summer. The 10 Minute Shake Up games, with a touch of Disney magic, are a fantastic way to help your kids get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need every day. Being active helps your kids maintain a healthy weight and helps their heart and bones stay healthy. Plus, playing together can also help them develop social skills and gain confidence. There’ll be loads of games to choose from.

Change 4 Life have teamed with Disney to get your kids to have more fun this summer so why not sign up for 10 minute shake up’s, you will get:

  • A free pack with stopwatch, activity cards, Disney themed wall chart & stickers
  • Lots of games and activities in the 10 minute shake up zone

Go to Change 4 Life and sign up to shake up your summer now!

Change 4 Life 10 Minute Shake Ups

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

Want more about Change for Life?

Healthy and Happier ideas for your family.

Smart Food Swaps

 

 

 

 

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