Mental Health

Posted May 10, 2021


Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health, this year it takes place between 10th – 16th May and the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

If your mental health has been affected by the pandemic perhaps now, during Mental Health Awareness Week, is the time to invest some time in yourself. 

Recovery in Mind are still running their courses, which are available to adults aged 18+ living in West Berkshire. These courses look at a variety of themes to help you move forward,  enabling you to challenge these thoughts and feelings and move on with your life again.

The next online course will take place on Wednesday June 9th. Click on the image below to visit the recovery in mind website and learn more details.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we are doing a campaign, encouraging people to share a nature selfie with us, send these selfies to us via We will be creating Mental Health Awareness week videos using these pictures and sharing them on various social media platforms.

Our first video is posted below.


Help for people with Suicidal Thoughts In West Berkshire

If your life (or someone else’s life) is in imminent danger, please call 999 or go straight to your nearest A&E.

You can also make use of the services below which you can find more about by clicking here or on the image below.

For non-immediate local support resources, click here or on the image below. You can also Speak to your GP, or call 111 for help in finding the support you need.


BBC launches Headroom – content on mental health to help everyone cope with the challenges of lockdown

Looking after our mental health is more important than ever.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health and the public’s resilience continues to be tested through this lockdown.

People are finding it tough, loneliness has risen from 10 percent of UK adults in March to 25 percent in November and the proportion who say they are coping well with the stress of the pandemic has fallen steadily, from almost three quarters in April to 62 percent in November.

Headroom is a dedicated online resource that recognises the impact the pandemic is having on everyone’s mental health; a toolkit for the mind to help people look after themselves with practical everyday tips, inspiring personal stories, activities and music mixes to boost your mood, escape and relax.

Click here to read more details, or click the image above to watch a short 17 second video clip introducing Headroom.


Recovery in Mind free online courses

Recovery in Mind is a community organisation, where adults living in West Berkshire get the opportunity to learn life long skills and tools to improve and manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Their friendly trainers cover course topics such as; self-compassion, positive thinking, creativity for recovery and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to name but a few.

Imagine gaining a GCSE in your own mental health and wellbeing!

February Online Courses

Due to the lockdown Recovery in Mind are currently running their free courses online and termly.

The course is set out as follows;
You register to watch their ‘bitesize’ film to see if Recovery in Mind is for you.
From there you attend their five week ‘Welcome to Recovery’ online course. The group course follows a weekly topic led by their friendly course trainers.
Topics covered are; Hope, Personal Responsibility, Wellness Toolbox, Support & our supporters and Healthy Living.

Under normal circumstances, after the five weeks you can choose to attend one of their other courses, such as their Five ways to Wellbeing course, Self Compassion, self-esteem or Mindful Walking sessions to name but a few.
As lockdown eases they hope to return to face-to-face courses.

Regular students can sign up for monthly newsletters produced by the team to help maintain good mental health. (Copies available via their website)

Recovery in Mind also have resources, tools and tips for anyone who wishes to improve their mental health via their website. Such as their nano courses (films), which only take 5-6 minutes to watch giving insight into various aspects of mental health and wellbeing

Recovery In Mind have spaces available on their next ‘Welcome to Recovery’ course, so please visit their website. Go to ‘free courses’ and sign up to watch their short ‘bitesize’ film, to decide if Recovery in Mind is for you. If it is, simply book onto the ‘Welcome to Recovery’ course.

No Doctor’s referral is needed. Course times and days can vary depending upon demand.
All men and women are welcome from 18 upwards living in West Berkshire. The courses are welcoming and confidential.

‘Recovery in Mind makes you look at challenges in a very different way’
‘I found the courses so helpful – they are not aimed at individual counselling but are about learning/studying together in a caring environment. They are supportive, positive and forward looking; encouraging you to accept yourself and develop your own personal ‘wellness toolbox’.’