Learn how to Control Your Stress

23rd January 2020

The Southern Trust is running a number of free Stress Control classes over the course of the next four months.

If you are currently suffering from stress, know someone who is or just want to be better equipped, then this is the course for you!

The free six week programme is held once a week and teaches skills and techniques for managing stress. It is funded by the Public Health Agency and organised in conjunction with the Southern Regional College and Libraries NI.

The course is designed to help people who want help to control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words ‘Stress’). The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing skills they learn.

Each session builds together like a jigsaw to enable people to deal with their individual difficulties. Booklets and general information are provided weekly. Stress Control works as a class rather than as a group therapy sessions, so participants will not be asked to discuss any personal problems in front of others.

The course organisers from within the Southern Trust said: “The pressures of modern life, juggling work, family and every day challenges can take their toll on many people, with one in five people in the UK taking a day off work due to stress at some point. We hope that through these classes we can help to equip people with skills and techniques to manage their own stress or indeed help a relative or friend to prevent it escalating into a much more serious mental health problem.”

“Everyone is welcome and we particularly encourage males who traditionally don’t feel comfortable talking about or seeking help for their problems. You may wish to bring a friend or family member with you. There is no referral system, you can simply turn up, take a seat and sit back and learn some great ways to control stress. It is a very relaxed informal setting and people can come and go as they need. The course is designed to equip you with skills and techniques to manage stress or indeed help a relative or friend to prevent it escalating into a much more serious mental health problem.”

There are both morning and evening sessions available in a number of locations, please see details below:

Morning Sessions (registration open now, call 028 3751 7170).

VENUE AND WHEN

  • Banbridge Library, 23 Scarva Road, Banbridge, BT32 3AD
    Thursday mornings from 27 February for six weeks until 2 April from 10am to 11.30am
  • AmmA Centre (behind library), Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU
    Monday mornings from 2 March for six weeks until 6 April from 10am to 11.30am
  • Ballygawley Area Development Association, Fairfield House, 14 Main Street,  Ballygawley, BT70 2HE
    Wednesday mornings from 4 March for six weeks until 8 April from 10am to 11.30am
Evening Sessions (registration open from 15 February, call SRC 0300 123 1223.

VENUE AND WHEN

  • SRC Armagh Campus (Gym), Killylea Road Building, Windmill Hill, Armagh, BT60 4BR
    Wednesday evenings from 26 February for six weeks until 1 April from 6.30pm to 8pm
  • SRC Lurgan Campus (Lecture Theatre) Kitchen Hill, Lurgan, BT66 6AZ
    Thursday evenings from 27 February for six weeks until 2 April from 6.30pm to 8pm
  • SRC Newry Campus (Lecture Theatre), East Building, Patrick Street, Newry, BT35 8DN
    Tuesday evenings from 21 April for six weeks  until 26 May from 6.30pm to 8pm

For more information search ‘Stress Control NI’ on Facebook.