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Mental Health Awareness Week: West Berkshire 'recovery college' reminding everyone to be kinder to yourself

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week and one West Berkshire organisation is reminding people how it is a great time to take a moment to stop and check in on your mental health and wellbeing. And to also think about those around you.

Mental health challenges effect more people than you may think, at any time in life, said Recovery in Mind, which is “on a mission to improve the lives of adults living in West Berkshire with mental health challenges by delivering inspiring and empowering courses”.

A spokesperson for the organisation added: “Some good principles to help maintain and manage mental health and wellbeing is to learn be kinder to yourself and those around you, to be active, to be present and to give.

Recovery in Mind
Recovery in Mind

“But these principles can be really hard to take on for anybody especially if you're suffering from depression, anxiety or stress.”

Recovery in Mind is a college, based in the centre of Newbury, where people can learn the skills and tools to self-manage their thoughts and feelings, learning skills in self-compassion, understanding your anxiety, coping strategies and how to think positively.

The group runs courses free of charge and face-to-face for six weeks, which have provided very popular over the last six years since it opened.

The group said it was “lucky” to work closely with “some great collaborators”, including West Berkshire Villagers, EduCafe and Sport in Mind.

To find out more about how Recovering in Mind works and to book onto the next free course, you can visit its website www.recoveryinmind.org.

The next course starts on Wednesday, June 8.

You can find more help and advice from the following organisations:

Time to Talk: www.t2twb.org or call (01635) 760331. You can also find help and advice on the charity’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (all @t2twb) or by emailing hello@t2twb.org

You can visit www.recoveryinmind.org and find a number of resources to help you look after your mental health.

Eight Bells for Mental Health: www.eightbellsnewbury.co.uk – call 07387 962220 – email coordinator@eightbellsnewbury.co.uk

Mental Health Crisis Team – call if you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999

Sane Line – www.sane.org.uk – call 0300 304 7000

Childline: www.childline.org.uk – 0800 1111

Mind: www.mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

The Samaritans: www.samaritans.org – call 116 123 – email jo@samaritans.org

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