Community Health Awareness Training (CHATS)

Mental Health and Well-being

If you are feeling low or are suffering from depression and anxiety, we can provide support in a number of ways from 1:1 Mental Health First Aid  support (MHFA), online support, local activities and group workshops.

CHATS-Mental Health delivers culturally competent and faith-sensitive mental health awareness training and 1:1 Mental Health First Aid to BAME individuals, Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

We work in partnership with organisations such as the Red Cross, Refugee Forum and National Arimathea Trust, Refugee Roots (Rainbow Project) and others to help:

  • Increase awareness
  • Reduce stigma
  • Equip with skills to Self-manage
  • Empower to seek professional support early when needed

The impact is the improvement of quality of life, significantly reduces the number of people presenting at crisis level, and therefore, reduces the financial impact on the NHS and other organisations. It also reduces sickness, thus increasing productivity for the employers of impacted individuals.

Group Workshops

Join our free informative and supportive group workshops that can help you manage your emotions:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Learning new strategies to manage depression and anxiety
  • Confidence and Self-esteem
  • Self-worth and the importance of ‘I’

  • Food and Mood
  • How diet and food can affect our mental health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Importance of here and now
  • Sleep Hygiene

  • Importance of sleep and how to improve it
  • Exam anxiety
  • Pressures of exams and how to avoid burn out
  • Bullying and Cyber-bullying

  • Different forms of bullying and their effect on the victims
  • Body Image
  • Practicing self-acceptance and body-positivity

If you would like support, contact us using the Contact page.

Other CHATS Services

  1. Chronic Disease and Women’s Health Awareness Training
  2. Consultancy and Advice to Black and Minority Ethnic communities, delivering:

Evidence-based lay-led Chronic disease education to clients with chronic disease resulting in:

  • Increased compliance
  • Promotion of lifestyle modification
  • Reduction in complications
  • Improvement of patient/doctor partnership in making health decisions

Culturally competent and sensitive community contraceptive and sexual health awareness and promotion resulting in:

  • Reduction in unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
  • Non-clinical Community based substance misuse brief intervention for:
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Social Prescribing

In recent years, it has been recognised that sometimes the answer to improving an individual’s health or well-being lies not in a medical prescription. It, however, may be in ensuring that the clients have company, interests and changes of scene to make them feel connected, motivated and purposeful. Perhaps, more exercise is what is needed to keep their body strong and their mind stimulated. Even if people are aware of these remedies, they don’t always know where to start and that’s where social prescribing comes in.

How does it work?

A member of our Social Prescribing Team contacts individuals referred by their GP, or who have done self-referral.  They then arrange to meet and discuss needs, aspirations and preferences. The next step the team takes is to work out a plan for reaching health goals.

Our services include:

  • One-to-one meetings
  • Flexible appointments
  • Free access to wide range of local services
  • Support and encouragement to help you find the motivation towards making positive changes in your life
  • The opportunity to feel better, develop your self-esteem and confidence
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