Stress Control classes

Stress Control is a six week, self-help course aimed at people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression.

It is also open to anyone who is experiencing stress, knows someone who is, or just wants to be better equipped to deal with stress.

Topics covered in the course include: an overview of what stress is, controlling your body, controlling your thoughts, controlling your actions, getting a good night’s sleep and planning for the future.

The classes will be delivered by staff from the Northern Trust’s Psychological Therapies Service and Monkstown Village Initiatives. Over 630 people have attended the classes to date, learning a range of beneficial new skills to help them manage stress.

Pat Hutchinson attended Stress Control classes and said this of her experience:

“I found the stress classes very well facilitated and extremely useful. I felt that the classes were very beneficial for home and work life. The coping strategies were excellent, simple and effective in dealing with stress, there was no pressure in the classes to talk about yourself, Rosie is an excellent facilitator; very easy to listen to. I would highly recommend the course.”

The classes, which are free of charge and flexible, are open to anyone living in the Northern Trust area. Individuals can choose a daytime or evening class and can attend different classes each week to work best around their schedule. The classes are completely confidential with no sharing of personal difficulties in front of others.

Classes will meet at:
• Monkstown Village Centre, Newtownabbey on Tuesday evenings (7.00pm – 8.30pm from 21 February – 28 March 2017)
• The Marina Conference Suite, Carrickfergus on Wednesday evenings (7.00pm – 8.30pm from 22 February – 29 March 2017)
• The Dunanney Centre, Rathcoole on Thursday mornings (10.30am – 12.00 noon from 23 February – 30 March 2017).

Anyone who is interested in attending should contact Monkstown Village Initiatives on 028 9086 0090, or simply turn up. Friends and family members are also welcome.

13th January 2017

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