Leicester projects offering free health and well-being sessions in support of World Mental Health Day

Two Leicester based projects, the GREAT Project and YES Project, are opening their doors to the public to support World Mental Health Day.

On October 10th, both projects are coming together to offer a free drop-in session, focusing on managing mental health in the workplace, and residents of Leicester and Leicestershire are invited.

Both projects want individuals to know that there are ways to deal with mental health issues within the workplace, and the drop in session will touch upon these. Whilst the sessions are not designed to tackle all issues associated with mental health, the workshop will be hosted in the hopes of showing individuals the types of support that are available. Dealing with mental health issues is not easy, and there is no need to do it alone; signposting individuals to other organisations to see what’s available is also an option.

Research suggests* that 1 in 6 people in the UK are dealing with mental health problems in the work place, and evidence suggests that as many as 12.7% of all sickness absence days are a result of low mental health. The GREAT and YES Projects have devised pragmatic approaches to coping with mental health in the workplace, and encourage people to come along if it would be of benefit to them.

The workshop will consist of free refreshments and a warm welcome to the different projects. The first session will be based on motivations and strengths, and aims to help people identify what gets them motivated, and to find strengths within themselves. A short break will follow, before going into the second taster session; claiming your confidence. Individuals will be given confidence building tips and offered a selection of different approaches to help them deal with life situations.

Vandna Gohil, Executive Manager of the GREAT Project and the YES Project, said:

“We know many people struggle with their mental health and we appreciate the hardships that come with that. What we are doing is supporting individuals and helping them see that there are ways to cope with how they’re feeling and take positive steps to feel more in control.”

This informal event is taking place at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire in Leicester town centre (9 Newarke Street, LE1 5SN), from 10:00am – 1:00pm on 10 October. Free refreshments will be provided, and there will be time for networking at the end of the session. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health issues, then please come along to see if support is available to you.

Both the GREAT Project and the YES Project are funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, and are delivered by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL); a charity dedicated to helping people change their lives for the better.


*All statistics taken from Mental Health Foundation (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk)

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