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Be body kind with Sefton’s Community Mental Health Team

Sefton’s Community Mental Health Team offers a range of services to help Sefton residents feel better about their bodies in a bid to improve mental health.

This work mirrors the 2019 theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19) which is ‘Body Image-how we think and feel about our bodies’.

The theme was chosen in response to research that revealed that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.

The social care staff at the Hesketh Centre work closely with health colleagues, Active Sefton and Everton in the Community to support service users to improve their mental health and general wellbeing through being more physically active and socialising with other people.

A raft of activities are on offer to help boost confidence and promote friendships including walking groups, football, cycling, allotment group and healthy blues which is part of the programme offered by Everton in the Community and includes activities like indoor bowls, badminton, table tennis and walking football.

Felicity Shepley, Lead Practitioner for Sefton Council’s Community Mental Health Team, said: “Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies and the work we do is not about changing people’s bodies but about helping service users feel better in their own skin by giving them the tools to keep active and create new friendships.”

As Sefton celebrates 2019’s Year of Friendship, keeping active has been proven as a great way to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation and groups like those offered by the Community Mental Health team and its partners are an intergral part of this vision.

There are lots of great ways to keep active across Sefton, to find out more visit www.sefton.gov.uk/ActiveSefton