wellbeing workshops

Wellbeing Workshops

We offer a range of six week, skills-based workshops which aim to help people cope with the ups and downs of life. These workshops are all free of charge and take place in our Cambridge and St Neots offices.

The workshops take place in the following venues:

Barrere House
100 Chesterton Road
Cambridge
CB4 1ER

t: 01223 311320

The Limes
24 New Street
St Neots
PE19 1AJ

t: 01480 470480

Morley Way
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE2 7JR

t: 01733 362990

To register your interest in one of these workshops please email Rob.Dempsey@cpslmind.org.uk or contact one of our offices stating the workshop/s you wish to engage with and which of our offices you can attend. You will then be contacted and made aware of any suitable upcoming workshops.

The workshops only run Monday to Friday during the daytime and not at weekends or in the evenings.

Anger Management for MenAnger Management for WomenI Matter Too5 Steps To WellbeingAnxiety ManagementHearing Voices WorkshopsMindfulness

“Anger management workshop” is aimed at men who want to find ways to better manage and control their anger.

Anger is a basic human emotion.  It enables us to fight back or run away when we perceive an attack or injustice.  Anger in itself is neither good nor bad, but it becomes a problem when it harms us or other people or interferes with everyday life.

Typically, it is deemed more socially acceptable for men to be angry.  Studies suggest men are more susceptible to experiencing “explosive anger” which is disproportionate to the situation.  Furthermore, some males may be encouraged to openly express anger e.g. fight, become involved in conflict.  Others however might avoid expressing anger openly and turn it on themselves e.g. misusing alcohol and drugs, attempting or completing suicide.

Aims

  • Explore the concept of anger and various ways it may manifest
  • Identify the triggers for anger and the impact of negative thinking patterns
  • Explore ways to manage anger in a constructive way

Examples of what the course covers

  • Completion of an anger inventory to explore the impact of anger
  • Group discussions on managing expectations
  • Action planning

Other details

  • This workshop is for men only
  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks

“Anger management workshop” is aimed at women who want to explore anger and ways to manage it effectively in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

Whilst anger is a basic human emotion and survival mechanism, our gender can play a role in how it is perceived by us.  It is often seen as less socially acceptable for women to be angry. This may leave a woman feeling it is wrong to experience anger, leading to feelings of guilt and shame. Some people may direct the anger onto themselves through self-harm.

Aims

  • Explore the concept of anger and various ways it may present itself
  • Identify the triggers for anger and the impact of negative thinking patterns
  • Explore ways to manage anger in a constructive way

Examples of what the course covers

  • Graffiti wall exercise exploring the stigma around anger for women
  • Stress bucket exercise looking at anger triggers
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques to improve self esteem
  • Action planning

Other details

  • This workshop is for women only
  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks
  • There will be a maximum of 8 places available
  • In order to get the most from the course, participants should aim to attend all sessions. If more than one session is missed, participants may be asked to join a future course.

“I matter too” is for anyone who would like to learn how to emotionally care for someone with a mental health problem, as well as looking after themselves.

Family and friends play an essential role in caring for and supporting someone with a mental health problem.  Caring for someone else can be difficult and demanding, and without support a person may feel stressed, isolated, depressed and frustrated.

Aims

  • Explore the range of mental health problems
  • Develop communication and listening skills to improve the caring relationship
  • Identify ways to look after yourself
  • Develop a network of peers who are in a similar situation

Examples of what the course covers

  • Group discussion on how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Exploration of a model of communication, to improve interactions
  • Practical demonstration of effective listening skills
  • Developing coping skills

Other details

  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks
  • There will be a maximum of 8 places available
  • In order to get the most from the course, participants should aim to attend all sessions. If more than one session is missed, participants may be asked to join a future course.

“Five steps to wellbeing workshop” is for anyone who would like to incorporate positive wellbeing activities into their life, by exploring five ways to manage and improve mental wellbeing.

Good mental health is not just about being free from a diagnosis. We can all benefit from taking a positive and proactive approach to our wellbeing, and this can help us to get better, stay well and even prevent mild mental ill health from happening in the first place. Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.  These are Connect, Get Active, Give, Keep Learning and Take Notice.

Aims

  • Explore the concept of five steps to wellbeing.
  • Identify ways of incorporating five steps to wellbeing into our daily activities.
  • Learn to manage and improve our mental wellbeing.

Examples of what the course covers

  • Group discussion on five steps to improve mental wellbeing
  • Personal exploration of five key element of five steps to wellbeing.
  • Discuss and demonstrate how these five elements can be incorporated in personal and social activities.

Other details

  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks
  • There will be a maximum of 8 places available
  • In order to get the most from the course, participants should aim to attend all sessions. If more than one session is missed, participants may be asked to join a future course.

“Anxiety management workshop” is for anyone who feels anxiety is making it difficult to live a fulfilling life.  It is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations, impacting both physically and emotionally.  In some cases, it can become excessive and cause someone to dread everyday situations.

Aims

  • Explore what anxiety is and what keeps it going
  • Identify anxiety triggers
  • Explore ways to successfully manage anxiety

Examples of what the course covers

  • Explore how anxiety develops
  • Group discussions on ways to manage anxiety, such as relaxation, meditation
  • How to better manage anxiety provoking situations
  • Self-help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques

Other details

  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks
  • There will be a maximum of 8 places available
  • In order to get the most from the course, participants should aim to attend all sessions. If more than one session is missed, participants may be asked to join a future course

In affiliation with the Hearing Voices Network (HVN), we are proud to deliver Hearing Voices Groups across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.  For more information about the HVN please click here http://www.hearing-voices.org/

Groups are being held in:

  • Cambridge
  • St Neots
  • Peterborough
  • March
  • Wisbech

We can’t deliver this service without the support of our Peer Facilitators. If you have personal experience and would like to get involved, please contact us.

To find out more information about your local group call us on 01733 362 990 or email wellbeing@cpslmind.org.uk.

Poster for our Hearing Voices groups

“Mindfulness” is a set of skills for effective living, based on a special way of paying attention: with flexibility, openness, curiosity, and warmth. Mindfulness is increasingly recognised as an effective way to increase fulfilment, reduce stress, raise self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and undermine destructive emotive, cognitive, and behavioural processes. While many people think mindfulness just means meditation, this is not the case. Mindfulness is a mental state of openness, awareness and flexible attention –  and mindfulness meditation is just one way among many of learning to cultivate this state. Learn key skills which can enhance every aspect of ones experience.

Aims

This short series of workshops will introduce Mindfulness principles and practices so that participants can develop mindfulness skills to enhance their quality of life.

It will explore ways to use mindfulness to better manage stress.

Examples of what the course covers

  • Knowing how to step back from over identifying with our thoughts.
  • Knowing how to tune into the feeling/emotional tone of our experience.
  • Knowing methods for how to calm down by directing our attention to the body sensations and senses experience.
  • Knowing attitudes that help develop a more skillful relationship with our experience.
  • Understanding that how and where we direct our attention changes our experience.
  • Knowing skillful ways of relating to our sense of self.

Other details

  • The workshop involves a mix of instruction, practical exercises and discussion.
  • This workshop is for both men and women over the age of 18
  • This is a two-hour session
  • The workshop will run over 6 weeks

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