Staff and volunteers at Portsmouth Wellbeing Centre are celebrating the Centre’s second birthday on 10th October – World Mental Health Day 2018 – with an open day and taster sessions. The Wellbeing Centre’s doors will be opened to the public from 10am to 12pm with information stalls and activities, and from 2pm to 4:30pm with sessions on mindful yoga, life skills and managing anxiety.
The Wellbeing Centre in Southsea is run by Solent Mind and delivered in partnership with Solent NHS Trust. It is a friendly, welcoming place where people can participate in a range of groups and activities to learn new skills, share experiences and maintain their own wellbeing.
A wellbeing participant explains, “This place has made such a difference to me. I needed someone to bring me here first and I didn’t know what to expect. Every day is better now, and I have mentioned to others that I come here and they said they have had support or done mindfulness here too and said how good it is.”
Over the past year, there has been an increase in the number of people coming to the Centre for support, with referrals increasing from 41 to 110 each month. There are several new groups, and more evening and weekend activities.
Kevin Gardner, Solent Mind’s CEO, says, “For two years now the Solent Mind Wellbeing Centre in Southsea has been helping vulnerable people in local communities recover from mental health issues and stay well, helping them to learn the skills to manage their own wellbeing. My thanks go to our Trustees, staff, volunteers and service users, who have all contributed to making this a very special local resource for the people of Portsmouth.”