Three quarters of people who have attended wellbeing courses over the past year have said they have improved their personal wellbeing.
That was one of the positive messages to come out of last week’s Wellbeing College celebration event, which welcomed 60 participants of the programme to look back at their successes over the past year. Eighty percent of people who’ve taken part in events say they feel happier now and 70% have reduced anxiety.
Merlin Community Insight and Investment Officer Claire Willis said: “It’s great to hear how the Wellbeing College is making a real difference to people’s lives, by improving their health and happiness. One in four people will experience a mental health problem this year and mental wellbeing is becoming more and more important.
“Services like the Wellbeing College provide vital support to people experiencing poor mental health and we’re determined to work with our partners to increase the number of people we support each year and the number and variety of courses, events and activities that we can offer.”
The Wellbeing College was launched last year as a partnership between ourselves and other local organisations including South Gloucestershire Council and Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, with the aim of improving people’s health and wellbeing. Last year 430 took part in courses and activities, but in the first six months of this year more than 700 have got involved.
A new autumn term of free events and activities was launched last month, featuring healthy eating, mental wellbeing courses and parenting advice. More details about these events and the college are available http://sgwellbeingcollege.org. You can contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01454 821856 to get involved.