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Pop Psychology at Caritas Anchor House

27th October 2017
Caritas Anchor House residents have been building a positive mind set in our latest wellbeing sessions.

The physical and mental benefits of positive thinking are huge - it can improve confidence, your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as depression and other stress-related disorders.

The Pop Psychology project has been organised by Caritas Anchor House and Newham Talking Therapies – a community psychological service which is part of the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Monthly Pop Psychology classes will offer sessions on a variety of different topics. The first, which took place in October, focused on building happiness and reflected on optimism versus pessimism.

During the session, residents explored the reasons and triggers which may stop them from thinking positively and what they can do to overcome this and build a new habit of a happy mind. Ways in which to develop a positive mind set include focusing on the good; turning challenges into learnings; follow a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy eating; breathing exercises and spending time with positive people.

Beau, a resident who attended, said, “Everyone who attended has had similar experiences, so we could talk openly about our mental health and ask questions. The class was very informative – I felt a load was off my chest after I left. I now know where I can go if I need help and have learnt coping techniques.”

Elif Huseyin, Mental Health Lead at Caritas Anchor House, said, “The Pop Psychology class helped to reinstate the purpose and benefits of positive thinking among our resident group. It gave our residents an opportunity to better understand their mental health and wellbeing as well as encouraging them to seek support when needed.”

At Caritas Anchor House, 37% of our residents state that they need support with their mental health. Our wellbeing programme of activities ensures that residents have opportunities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, and are able to access specialist services. Those that we work in partnership with include Newham Talking Therapies, the Newham and Tower Hamlet’s branches of Mind and Sarah Agnes Foundation.

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