Supporting this year’s mental health awareness week with exercise challenge
The Trust’s primary care therapy team, in partnership with Righsteps are doing their bit to support mental health awareness week by exercising a mile for every client currently using their services.
This means the team could be exercising up to 700 miles this week!
Mental health awareness week runs from Monday 13th May to Friday 19th May and this year’s theme focuses on the impact physical activity can have on mental health and wellbeing. The week aims to highlight the benefits that physical activity can have on people’s wellbeing, quality of life and mental health, as well as improved fitness levels.
The awareness week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives.
The team, in partnership with colleagues at Rightsteps, Wakefield criminal justice service and Wakefield community drug treatment service will be clocking up the miles by running, walking, cycling and rowing at Fit24gym on Trinity Walk throughout this week.
The Trust’s primary care therapy team, which includes professionals from a range of therapeutic backgrounds, work together to help those experiencing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety by providing Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
IPT is a time-limited and structured therapy. It is based on the idea that psychological symptoms are a response to current difficulties in an individuals relationships and can affect the quality of those relationships. For example IPT may focus on difficulties such as conflict with another person, life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others or grief and loss.
The team work in partnership with Rightsteps, who provide fast acting psychological treatments, called talking therapies to people with common mental health problems, such as low mood, anxiety and general stress.
If you are aged 18 years or older and are registered with a GP surgery in the Wakefield District you can contact the team for help by talking to your GP or calling Righsteps on 01924 234860
Find out more about mental health awareness week from the Mental Health Foundation