Body Mind and Spirit
Conditions like panic, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are more common than people think – 1 in 5 people experience anxiety on a daily basis and there is lots of help available if you suffer.
Your mental health is important, we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
Five steps to mental wellbeing Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you approach them with an open mind and try them out you can judge the results yourself. More information about all of these is available from http://www.nhs.uk/.
Connect - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. There are a list of local groups and services available here.
Be active - you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. You can find a list of local groups available here.
Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument or find out how to fix your bike? You can find a list of some local courses by clicking here.
Give to others - even the smallest act can count; whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind work. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre or group, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Click here to find how you can get involved in different groups or which groups may need your help.
Take notice - be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness', and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
You can find out about a wide range of local services from our directory by clicking on the link below:
Healthy Living Workshops
Anyone over the age of 18 and registered at a Church Street Surgery who would like to know more about making the best of life, reducing stress and improving health can attend workshops run by Turning Point Inspiring Recovery.
It maybe that you are noticing the early warning signs of stress or just that you are wanting to prevent symptoms from occurring. It is also a great way to learn more about what other support Turning Point can offer and refer yourself for further support if required.
The aim of the workshop is to leave you with some ideas to help make some changes. These sessions are delivered by qualified therapists.
A power point presentation will be given by a therapist who will talk you through lots of really helpful tips for improving your mental wellbeing. There will be some group discussion for those who wish to join in. It is ok to be shy and just listen and there is no pressure to disclose any personal or difficult information.
If you cannot do these date or venues but would like to attend, please contact Turning Point on 01924 234 860 or www.turning-point.co.uk, and let them know your requirements, as they may have other events on that are more convenient for you. For more information please speak to a member of staff.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed, you feel persistently sad, hopeless or unmotivated for weeks or months rather than just a few days. You can also find that you are eating and sleeping much more, or much less than you have in the past.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'. Asking for help is a really brave and positive thing, and help exists in loads of different forms for example support, advice or just somebody to talk through.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.
If you think you may be depressed there are a number of steps you can take. You might want to make an appointment with your GP to chat things through. Or you might want to do a little bit of research first to find our more about depression.
Look at the Local Health and Wellbeing Services for information that you can access which might be able to help you.
The Happiness Challenge
Many people long for an elusive sense of wellbeing or wholeness. However you try to achieve this, there is growing evidence that practising certain disciplines tends to lead towards happier more fulfilled lives.
Why not give it a go - it could be the best medicine you ever take!
Expert Patient Programme
If you have an ongoing illness or condition, we have a course that could change your life.
Our self-management course – known as the Wakefield Expert Patients Programme (EPP) – is a free NHS course, run by people like you, and it puts you back in control of your condition.
The course can teach you new tools and techniques to manage your health and improve your wellbeing. You can find out more information from Expert Patient Programme. Details about their courses are available here.
Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are estimated to be nearly 4036 people with Dementia living in Wakefield and by 2020 that is set to rise to almost 4813.
We believe that the Practice has a key role to play in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers; the Practice has undertaken considerable staff training with many becoming dementia friends. In addition, the Practice has worked with patients with dementia to ensure that the premises meet their requirements. This resulted in revised signage, improved lighting, strategically placed chairs for sitting, and removal of mats. The Practice is a member of the Safer Places scheme, you can find out more about this by clicking here.
The Practice is keen to enable patients to access dementia assessments, and to refer on for diagnosis and appropriate tests if they want this. If you would like an assessment please speak to a member of staff and we will arrange this. We work closely with an Admiral nurse who provides one-to-one support for patients and carers, if you would like us to refer you to him or arrange an appointment please let us know. All staff members have access to information about local dementia services and help sheets which we can provide for you, this information is also available on the website and kiosk available in the waiting room. In addition, the Practice has a number of services that we run including coffee mornings, gardening groups, singing for health, chair exercises, cancer care support group, walking groups.
We have found the following radio programme incredible useful; it provides an understanding about how Dementia can affect people and some solutions and ideas that people have employed to help them manage and to continue having a fulfilling life (it really is worth a listen):
The Doctor's Dementia BBC Radio Programme
Staying active is incredibly important, especially if you have an illness like Dementia, the following video shows how you can remain active and healthy and reduce the impact of Dementia on your life. The Practice has a number of activities that you can also participate in, please contact a member of staff for more information:
The following video provides more detailed information about what dementia is, how it can affect people and the solutions to problems, some ideas are really simple and we have used some as we have worked to improve the surgery to make it more dementia friendly:
There is lots of information, help and support available to you. The following are some websites that have useful information:
If you would like any more information please speak to a member of staff who would be very happy to help.