INVEST IN YOURSELF: RESIDENTS URGED TO THINK SELF CARE FOR LIFE
Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging you to invest in your future self this Self Care Week (16 – 22
November) by making small changes that can make a big difference. We want all of our residents to live
a healthier and happier life and to have access to help and healthcare when required.
“We want to empower you to make healthier lifestyle choices daily. That’s why we’re encouraging you
to invest in yourself and think about your health and wellbeing long term. There are a variety of online
and in-person resources that can help you do just that,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member
for health, wellbeing and adult services
“I also know that many of you may have been cautious about seeking medical help and advice since the
coronavirus pandemic started. I want to reassure you that help is available. The NHS is open and your
local doctors are here to support you with any physical or mental wellbeing concerns.”
If you need help to better manage mental illness such as anxiety and depression, Wokingham Council’s
Recovery College could be for you. If you’re a Wokingham resident, you can simply enrol and join
courses online, from the comfort of your own home.
The courses are suitable for those over the age of 18 and provide recovery-focused mental health
education that can help you to; grow beyond what has happened to you, discover a new sense of self
and explore possibilities to rebuild a better life. You can find out more and register online here:
https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/health/health-services-and-advice/wokingham-recovery-college/
In addition, Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re
coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias. If you’re aged 17 and over and living
in Berkshire, they can help you overcome the mental health challenges you’re facing.
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Date: Monday 16 November 2020
Issued by: Clodagh Pickavance
Issue No: 234/20
Version: 0.1
Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN
Tel: (0118) 974 6000 Email: CEM@wokingham.gov.uk
They are available, 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. Email:
talkingtherapies@berkshire.nhs.uk or telephone: 0300 365 2000. If you or a loved one is facing a mental
health emergency, use the NHS 111 online service, or simply call 111.
Mental Health support is available for the children of Wokingham too. Kooth offer free online
counselling and emotional well-being support for our younger residents. For more information visit
www.kooth.com
Arc Wokingham also provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for children aged 11 and
over to explore their thoughts and feelings. To find out more visit www.arcweb.org.uk
Our Public Health team have also pulled together a range of tips and resources to help you in invest in
yourself – supporting your physical and mental wellbeing in the process.
Some tips for self-care:
 Plan practical things: structure and plan your day. Getting into a new routine can help you feel
better and more in control
 Keep in touch: stay connected with family, friends and work colleagues through phone or video
calls and social media
 Talk about your feelings: talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying
around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less
alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same
 Keep active and eat well: just like the other organs in your body your brain needs a mix of
nutrients to stay healthy and function well. Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your
brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem and helping you concentrate and feel
better. Resources are available on the Better Health website
 Take time to relax: this can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve wellbeing
 Connect with nature: where possible, try to connect with the outdoors, even if it’s simply by
watching through a window, looking at trees or watching birds flying past
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Further information:
1. More from Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, at:
charles.margetts@wokingham.gov.uk
2. Find physical health resources on the Better Health website: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/