New Programmes Starting in Autumn 2019

After a successful tender application with Central Bedfordshire Council, we are delighted to announce Impact will continue to deliver both programmes in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford for a further two-years. Happy days!

Our 2019/20 programmes are now on the Impact web calendar for all to see and for registration onto chosen courses.

We are excited to see many learners already registering for programmes starting in the autumn and for 2020. If you would like to register for a programme or refer someone onto a programme, simply go on-line to register and we’ll do the rest!

The YOU Programme

Next Dates

YOUR Recovery Pathways

Next Dates

Final Few Places For The YOU Programme In Leighton Buzzard

Final Few Places For The YOU Programme In Leighton Buzzard

Sign up now to secure your place on the next Impact Wellbeing YOU Programme in Leighton Buzzard

We are starting our next YOU Programme in Leighton Buzzard on Friday 8th of March.

The programme runs for four weeks, on each Friday from 09.45am to 3:00 pm with lunch and refreshments included.

Our YOU Programmes are a great way to help us understand why we can sometimes struggle with our mental health and what we can do to help ourselves manage our thoughts, and find positive and successful tools and changing techniques to improve our lives.

This programme is insightful, informal and a lot of fun. Qualified peer facilitators, using a wide range of learning resources and discussions support you to find the right way forward and better manage your mind.

If you are struggling with low moods, depression, anxiety or something else, which is affecting the quality of your life and happiness, get in touch today and speak to one of our programme staff who will support you to secure your place on our next YOU programme.

It really is, all about YOU!

Learner Survey Results

We recently asked people who had attended either a YOU Programme or YOUR Recovery Pathways courses to provide us with some feedback.

Our learners have given us a fantastic insight into how people maintain their wellbeing and what their journeys look like after completing an Impact course.

We’ll be reporting on many other areas of our work in the coming months and look forward to sharing these with you too.

Thank you to everyone who took part.


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World Mental Health Day In Dunstable

You are invited to join us and the Grove Theatre  Team at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable to support us in celebration of World Mental Health Day, supported by the Grove Theatre.

Stress At Work And How To Deal With It

Stress At Work and How To Deal With It

According to The Heath and Safety Executive, 12.5 million work days were lost in the UK due to stress at work, anxiety, de

pression and other mental health issues.

Between 2009 and 2012, 44% of days lost were caused due to workload levels while 14% were due to a lack of support.

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2014 and 2017 – health and social workers suffered the most number of lost days due to this issue per 100,000 workers.

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If you are dealing with stress at work or anxiety at work, it’s important that you get the support you need so that you can avoid days off work. So, if you need help with anxiety at work or you have issues with stress and anxiety, here are some useful tips.

Let It Out

First, if you are having an issue that is impacting you emotionally, then you need to make sure that you find a way to release what you are feeling. This is one of the first lessons courses for dealing with depression teach.

Obviously, the best option is to speak to a manager or someone in the structure of command who can help you deal with an issue and find a solution.

Should you feel unable to do this, you might want to consider a visit to your GP who will be able to refer you to your local wellbeing service for talking therapy which could be an effective outlet for dealing with the issues that are causing you stress at work.

Don’t Go Past Your Limits

When you need help with stress at work, it is likely due to the fact that you are taking on too much, or you are struggling with pressures and stresses at home too, which might affect you capability at work. It’s a competitive world these days, and everyone is constantly being pushed to go the extra mile.

However, if you constantly do this, then you run the risk of burn out and ultimately, that is going to lead to high levels of stress and anxiety, which could affect your physical wellbeing. Make sure that you are not putting your work over everything else. It’s crucial that you still have time to relax and enjoy life and ultimately, enjoy your job whilst keeping a good work/life balance.

Stress at workExercise and Downtime At Work

Various studies have shown that exercise can help with stress and anxiety at work.

Exercising and making time for YOU will allow you to regulate your breathing which can relax and rejuvenate the body as well as the mind. There are various forms of exercise that you can do in the office such as desk yoga. With desk yoga, you can spend as little ten or fifteen minutes between projects, tasks and jobs by completing simple movements, even in a confined space.

Mindfulness At Work

Being mindful doesn’t have to take up lots of time at work, neither is it about stopping what you are doing. We can practice mindful activities and behaviour wherever we are and reap the benefits of lowering our heart rate, calming our minds and feeling less stressed.

The art of being mindful means being fully present in the moment and being aware of all of your senses within that moment. It certainly does not mean multitasking! In fact, mindfulness is quite the opposite and encourages the mind to be at one with one task.

For example, sitting at your desk, in a meeting or walking to and from work; practice tuning in to your senses. Identify what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Be present in what you are doing and practice gently pulling your thoughts back to the ‘here and now’ instead of worrying about what you need to do in the next minute, hour or day. The more we practice this the more we build our energy, complete tasks and learn to live in a more fulfilling and present way.

Get The Breaks You Need

Finally, make sure that you are taking the breaks you need.

Sometimes when you need help with anxiety at work, taking your designated time for lunch is the right move. Getting lunch and spending half an hour or an hour away from the office gives you time to reboot and recover from the morning. Perhaps you have already had a couple of hours filled with stress and anxiety. Get some good, nutritious food rather than skipping meals and free time and you can get the boost to continue, and remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

We hope you find this advice helpful and use it to deal with any stress and anxiety you may feel at work. Remember, Impact provide regular courses for dealing with depression caused by work, so don’t suffer in silence. Make sure you get the support you need for dealing with stress at work.

Life’s Burdening Baggage

This is ‘My Story’ … It is written with the belief that, in ‘recovery’, I can celebrate, and by sharing my story it will bear witness to my struggles and how they were overcome… and just maybe by sharing, someone reading this will find inspiration to continue with their own recovery…

Improving Mental Health For The Over 50s

Improving Mental Health For The Over 50s – Being over 50 can sometimes bring unexpected stress, family pressures, bereavements and financial worries.

Impact Pop-Ins

Come along and meet the Impact Peers at venues throughout Bedfordshire for one of our two-hour Pop-Ins, and share in a slice of cake or two…

Mental Health Support Services Bedford

Impact Mental Health Peer Support are delighted to once again be delivering peer designed, empowering mental wellbeing programmes, in the Bedford area.