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DMYH Wellbeing is a fortnightly peer Support group for anyone aged 13-16 who wants to be mentally healthy. The group’s focus is to educate about common mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression, how to spot the signs and symptoms as well as finding helpful ways of coping and improving them. Each two-hour session can be attended on a drop-in basis and each person is encouraged to participate as much or as little as they would like.

When

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 6-8pm  

Where

Dorchester Youth and Community Centre
Kings Rd, Dorchester DT1 1NJ  

Starting September 27th 2018

What can you expect from the Wellbeing group?

The group offers peer support and helps to reduce stigma by normalising conversations about mental health.  It encourages people to talk about wellbeing challenges or triumphs with others who share similar experiences. The group provides an accepting and supportive environment. The educative workshops gives an opportunity to access support and identify helpful and holistic ways of coping and improving mental health.

The group has guidelines and a contract to ensure that it’s a safe, accepting, confidential and respectful space for everyone who attends. The group is facilitated by a qualified counsellor to help people to process their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Therapy and counselling are not available within the group but details of local counselling services can be provided upon request.

What happens at the Wellbeing group?

The group activities and events are identified, discussed, negotiated and agreed in partnership with group members.  Some sessions start with guided-relaxation which is followed by share-time for people to share their experiences and access peer support. Following a short refreshment break (drinks will be provided) there is an educative workshop exploring topics like;

  • Food and mood,
  • Developing self-compassion
  • Silencing the inner critic
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Challenging negative thinking
  • Building self-esteem.
  • Music and Mental Health
  • Alternative therapies
  • Exercise and neuroplasticity
  • What is mental health?
  • Goal setting

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