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Wellbeing in Mind Courses

28 May 2015

Bracknell & Wokingham College has been approved to deliver a new free-of-charge suite of courses aimed at combatting anxiety and depression in local adults as part of a national pilot project for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The college’s ‘Wellbeing in Mind’ programme is part of a national pilot scheme headed by the SFA to assess whether short college courses can alleviate mild to moderate mental health difficulties, and is being delivered right across the local area. Learners can sign up for workshops in areas such as stress management and confidence building, as well as attend more typical enrichment courses such as pottery, art or gardening – all the time keeping a check on the effect the courses are having on their mental health.

The courses are available to anyone aged 19 or over and who has been resident in the EU for the last three years. Learners can either self-refer, or be referred for the courses by a mental health support service. Anyone with mild or moderate mental difficulties is eligible – and encouraged to sign up for several courses over the next few months so that their progress can be monitored over a reasonable period of time.

The courses are being funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills but the college will use any donations received to further improve the ‘Wellbeing in Mind’ programme. Courses have been planned in a variety of locations and during quieter times so that as many people as possible can be reached.

Saul Pope, Bracknell & Wokingham Head of Community Learning, said:

“The college put a huge effort into writing the bid for this pilot project so we were delighted when we heard the good news. It is estimated that one in four people will experience mental health difficulties during their lives, but that figure seems to be an underestimate.

“More and more stressful lifestyles are making mild and moderate mental health issues very common – but as people become more open about this, more stigma is taken away and it becomes easier to get help. So far local mental health providers have been very supportive of the project – and learners thinking of signing up have told me it’s getting a good reception amongst people they have spoken to.”

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For further information about the courses or to register please contact 0118 9847600 or email wellbeing@bracknell.ac.uk

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