Looking after your mental health at Aspire

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20) a Doncaster-based drug and alcohol service was busy promoting the benefits of the Five-Ways-to-Wellbeing for people in recovery from addiction.

Throughout the week Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service’s team of peer support workers and mentors provided top tips and interactive sessions to get their clients and service uses thinking and feeling more positive.

Each day was themed around wellbeing and included creative writing, inspirational quotes, relaxing with mindfulness and tasters sessions on meditation and acupuncture using beads. There was fitness, diet and a cooking group plus highlighting the importance of socialising together and playing board games.

Sally Hickson-Clark, Options Manager at Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service, said: “Having good mental health is very important especially for people in recovery from addiction. But good mental health needs to be nurtured and throughout the week we have been showing our clients and service users some simple steps they can take to look after their own mental health.

“Things like being inspired and getting creative, eating the right food and socialising with like-minded people all work wonders for a positive outlook on life.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing drug or alcohol issues and want to talk to someone in confidence please visit Aspire’s live chat at: www.aspire.community, or ring 01302 730956.


Aspire Peer Mentors and Support workers during Mental Health Awareness