Give my head space
Head in the clouds… A health and wellbeing timeout
The West Belfast Health and Wellbeing Programme launched earlier this year, is funded by Cooperation Ireland and The Executive Office. It’s overall aim is to offer holistic mentoring to the people across the West Belfast area.
This much needed programme takes a person-centred approach with the participants, completing an individually tailored support plan and setting realistic goals to improve the social, emotional and physical health needs of the participants.
Our mentors try to support clients in creative and unique ways to reach their aspirations. For example, the project recently held an outdoor event at the beautiful Colin Glen Forest Park, located on the edge of the Belfast Hills for the participants to complete ‘SKYTrek’ activities. This challenged the participants to complete a high ropes course, a 30-foot multi-level climbing wall, a Zipline through the forest, a free fall on a fan descender, archery and laser tag.
This was a great combination of physical activities and encouraged the participants to get outdoors, surrounded by nature to reduce stress and make new connections. The participants reported that SKYTrek challenged them to get out of their comfort zones, helped them to socialise with new people and helped them to overcome fears, boosting their self-confidence. One mentee commented “I would never have done this before, but I really enjoyed it, it was fun and I met new people, it boosted my confidence”
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on mental health and had a knock on effect to individuals anxiety and stress levels, this event was the perfect opportunity to try and reduce social isolation and encourage individuals to be with peers and access social support that is essential for good mental well-being.
For further information on the programme contact Ciara McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org.