Devon Mental Health Charity, Step One, Release Autumn Programme of Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Courses for Individuals, Businesses and Communities.
Step One Charity’s ‘BeWell@StepOne’ service features a varied range of free courses, workshops and peer support groups for people across Devon including topics such as Wellbeing and Resilience, Braving Bereavement, Beating Depression: An Outside-In Approach and Changing Negative Self-Talk. The sessions are delivered online within small, secure groups led by professional, qualified and supportive course leaders who have lived experience of mental health issues. BeWell@StepOne is open to everyone across Devon over the age of
18 through self-referral on the Step One website.
Mental health charity, Step One, has been supporting people in Devon with mental health and learning disabilities for over 85 years, working closely with local NHS Trusts, GP surgeries and
communities across the county. With mental health problems increasing and a reported 6 in 10 adults saying they have been feeling anxious, depressed or hopeless as a result of the cost of
living crisis, BeWell@StepOne’s mission is to provide support to as many people as possible across Devon to manage their own wellbeing and support others in their communities, and tobreduce the pressure on our NHS services.
The charity hopes that by signing up to these free and accessible courses, people that may be struggling can receive early support and guidance for their mental health concerns, both
preventing them from falling into a crisis and reducing some of the burden on the severely stretched NHS services.
BeWell@StepOne Project Lead, Amy Erith, said “Our vision is that our BeWell@StepOnebproject will ensure that people experiencing mental health issues in Devon, who cannot access
statutory care, can access support tohelp prevent them from reaching crisis point. We aim that BeWell@StepOne will support an additional 550 people a year with free online learning opportunities and support groups. We can make a positive difference and support our local
NHS services by offering alternative supportive learning opportunities for those with low-level mental health needs.”
Along with free courses and workshops for individuals, Step One also offers a dedicatedbsupport and training programme for businesses in Devon. ‘BeWell for Business’ offers Mental
Health First Aid Courses (NUCO Accredited) allowing employers and employees to understand the signs and symptoms of different mental health problems and to start a conversation around mental health in the workplace. For course and pricing information, visit steponecharity.co.uk/bewellstepone-online-courses
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