Free mental health and wellbeing support available

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s re:fresh and wellbeing team are here to support you with your mental health and wellbeing and have some fantastic free support available for people living and working in the Borough.  It includes: 

121 telephone support, motivation and guidance

  • Health Coaching which includes support to make positive changes to your lifestyle and wellbeing.
  • Condition specific healthy living and exercise advice for Cardiac, Pulmonary (COPD) and Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • Support for older adults on home exercises to maintain strength, balance and mobility and prevent falls.
  • Personal, targeted support for weight management and exercise advice. 

Access to all this AND MORE is made by contacting the Wellbeing Service: call 01254 682037 /  email  wellbeing@blackburn.gov.uk

Active at Home:

Research shows that exercise can improve your health, confidence and quality of life. It is a great stress buster, can help keep the weight off and it lowers your risk of developing major chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. 

Physical activity can also boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression.  You don’t need gym equipment at home to stay active. Everyday activities such as doing the vacuuming, hanging out the washing, and mowing the lawn all count towards your daily activity levels. 

Try to break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving for at least five minutes each hour.  

If you’re looking for more inspiration or motivation, re:fresh have lots of videos and workouts that you can follow online as well as FREE live online classes you can join in with. Re:Fresh’s You Tube Playlists (available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa6ccrRWzr00hbUOy4N6JAow4sGr9SbDT) and online classes, include low level chair based exercises, balance and strength classes, relaxation classes and activity to get your heart pumping.   

Here is a copy of the free re:fresh online timetable with login details – all virtual sessions can be accessed from a mobile phone, tablet or computer.  You can also click here for the timetable and further information: https://refreshbwd.com/active/active-at-home/

If you struggle with accessing online content please call Re:fresh on 01254 682037.  A member of the team will be able to speak to you about what else is available and may even be able to send out a home exercise pack.

For personalised support, information, motivation or guidance to look after your emotional and physical health call The Wellbeing Service on 01254 682037 or email wellbeing@blackburn.gov.uk  Phone lines are open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

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