Mental health workers across the North West are to benefit from an innovative new training initiative designed to equip them with the expertise to deliver techniques to help service users improve their mental wellbeing, reduce their stress and anxiety levels and improve their physical health and social skills.
The Wellbeing programme has been launched by Matt25, the social enterprise arm of Adullum Homes housing association in Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
Matt25’s training course also can help maintain support workers’ mental wellbeing and contribute to creating a positive work culture.
Trevor Palfreyman, Chief Executive of Adullam Homes, said: “We are passionate about developing initiatives that improve people’s lives ranging from providing a roof over their heads to helping them improve their welfare and health.
“We are launching a Wellbeing programme that will equip mental health professionals with the expertise and a range of skills to enable the people they work with to respond positively to daily experiences and challenges.
“The steps at the heart of our Wellbeing programme are the mental health equivalent of the five a day fruit and vegetable advice from the NHS.
“The programme also has the ability to enhance the workers’ wellbeing, which in turn can help an employer to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, boost staff morale and reduce employees’ stress and anxiety.”
The five steps comprise:
- Connect – focusing on the importance of social relationships
- Be active – highlighting the benefits of regular physical exercise
- Take notice – the positive impact on a person if they take time to enjoy the moment and the environment around them.
- Keep Learning – embracing new experiences or setting goals and challenges can enhance self-esteem and encourage social interaction
- Give – helping out a friend, volunteering or joining a community group can help lift a person’s spirits.
Mr Palfreyman added: “Scientific research has identified actions that individuals can take to improve their mental health and help them feel happier, more optimistic and more able to cope with life.”
The five-step Wellbeing programme has been developed following research conducted by the New Economics Foundation.
Matt25 is a not-for-profit organisation run by Adullum Homes, where all revenue is reinvested into transforming the lives of individuals through training and employment opportunities.