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Depression Awareness Week

Louise Harris - Tuesday, April 19, 2016


This week marks Depression Awareness Week. Although this is a topic we have raised before in our blog post 'Mental Health Awareness', depression affects 3 in 100 people every year in the UK with many unaware of the symptoms and the treatments available to help you manage and recover from depression.



It can get better...

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Organisations such as The Depression Alliance have lots of useful contacts on their website if you, a friend or a family member need someone to talk to about depression. They also suggest 'Five Ways to Wellbeing', simple actions you can do in your everyday life to help you feel good, function well and help you to manage depression. To learn more about these ways and explore how to make them part of your everyday life alongside professional treatment, visit www.depressionalliance.org.


Options are here to help!

Making small changes to your everyday life are a great start in managing depression and along with professional treatment can go a long way in aiding your recovery; Options are here to help when these changes are not enough. Our fully qualified and professionally trained counsellors are on hand to discuss and help you manage depression as well as many other issues including:

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Life Changes
  • Relationships 
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Addictions
    • Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Eating Disorders
If you are suffering from depression, or any other issue affecting your wellbeing then get in touch today via TwitterFacebook or on our website by filling out a contact form

The Options Team.


Mental Health Awareness: Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Louise Harris - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Affected by depression, stress or anxiety?

Options is here to help.



1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. Worries about money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope, and increase depression, stress and anxiety. These issues can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime.

How can I tell if I'm affected?

There are many signs and symptoms for stress, depression and anxiety - we have listed some of them below. If you or a friend, family member or colleague are suffering from these symptoms don't struggle alone  get in touch today.

What are the symptoms for...

Stress?

  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Worrying and negative thinking
  • Physical tiredness
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Social withdrawal
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling out of control

Depression?

  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Lost interest in friends, activities and things you used to enjoy
  • Tiredness
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of control over negative thoughts

Anxiety?

  • Feeling tense, worried or on edge
  • Anxiety interferes with work, school or your social life
  • Feel irrational fears you cannot get rid of
  • Avoiding activities and situations because of anxiety
  • Sudden and unexpected panic attacks

Do these symptoms affect you?

It's important to remember...



If you, a friend, family member or colleague are affected by depression, stress and anxiety then Options are here to help. Our professional and qualified counsellors are on hand to help with a range of issues including stress, depression and anxiety, as well as:

  • Life Changes
  • Self-esteem and Self-confidence
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Addictions
    • Gambling
    • Alcohol
    • Eating Disorders
Just because a problem seems to have little effect on someone else, doesn't mean it can't have a huge impact on your life. We are all affected by various life events in different ways. At Options, no problem is too small.

For more information about depression, stress and anxiety visit the NHS mental health awareness fact sheet.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you or someone you know then contact us today. Tweet us at @options_plus, send us a message via our Facebook page or fill in a contact form on our website. 



The Options Team.



(Information from ISMAAnxiety Help Guide and Depression Help Guide)




SVS Friday Forum

Louise Harris - Thursday, March 10, 2016

On Friday 4th March, some of the Options team attended the monthly 'Friday Forum' hosted by Southampton Voluntary Services at their Kingsland Square office, Southampton.


The Friday Forums are a great way for us to get to know other charitable and voluntary organisations in Southampton and the surrounding areas and find out what they're doing to help the community. They are used to update voluntary organisations on key city issues and developments, and is also a good way for us to stay connected, discuss voluntary sector news and network with colleagues.




This month there was a talk from Laurence Pearce, CEO of XIM and Annie Clewlow, Manager at Communicare, about New Technologies for Supporting Older People. It was interesting for us to learn about the development of cutting edge technology to support older people and how this may affect us now and in the future.



The other session of the day was both interesting and informative and focused on the needs of the Southampton community. Dorota Goble and James Marshall from the Southampton City Council Strategy Unit held a Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation.

The Options team were informed of some of the health and wellbeing issues that those in Southampton face, and were tasked with proposing strategies to improve figures.

What did we learn?



What can Options do?

At the end of the session, we were set a number of tasks and we were asked to answer key questions:

  • Can we help Southampton City Council reach more service users?
  • What relevant links and networks do we have?
  • What can we, the voluntary and charitable services in Southampton, need to do together to approach and tackle the future challenges in achieving a healthier city?
Our free problem gambling service and not-for-profit rates other counselling services are  aimed at helping those who are more deprived in Southampton and the surrounding areas.

Our professional and fully qualified counsellors are available to talk about a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Life Changes
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Addictions
    • Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Eating Disorders

What can you do?

To achieve a healthier and happier Southampton, we need to work together.

STEP 1: Start with yourself
Little changes in your life can go a long way to making you healthier and happier. Parking further away from work and walking more, substituting something unhealthy in your diet for a less-sugary or fatty alternative, taking time out to de-stress, talk to a friend or even do some colouring are simple changes to make in your life that can have a great impact on your health and happiness.

STEP 2: Spread the word.
Now you know all this about what we need to do to change, let other people know! Tweet, Facebook, blog or even just tell your neighbour. The more people that know what problems we are facing and how little changes can make a massive difference, the quicker Southampton will become healthier and happier.

STEP 3: Help someone out.
On your journey to becoming healthier and happier, why not help someone with theirs? Anything from being the shoulder for a friend to cry on, to knowing when you need someone else to help them get better can help someone to becoming healthier and happier.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. We know it's a lot of information but it's important that we are aware of these issues and take the time to help overcome them.

The Options Team.





Spring Cleaning our Blog

Louise Harris - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

We've been busy, how about you?


Now that our new website is officially up and running we have turned our attention to our blog, a great space for you to engage with us and give us feedback on what you want us to offer.

Since our last post we've been up to a lot! Our Twitter and Facebook followings have grown, and we are posting regularly about not only the services we offer, but interesting news in the counselling industry, what we've been up to outside of the office and even updates on National Chocolate Cake Day!

We are now located in Southampton, Basingstoke, Milton Keynes and Portsmouth (Southsea), offering free problem gambling counselling, a paid-for counselling service and training and development for external organisations. Our qualified and experienced professionals are on-hand to listen to you and support you on any issue or life changes you are considering, no matter how small they may seem. 

Now you're up to speed with what we've been doing, it's time to think about what you've been doing. Have you asked yourself...How am I?

Our counsellors here at Options are fully qualified and experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Life Changes
  • Relationships 
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Addictions
    • Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Eating Disorders
No problem is too small. After all, it's often the little things that snowball to become a bigger problem. This month, take some time out of spring cleaning your home to spring clean your mind. With our not-for-profit rates and excellently trained staff, we're here to help you take control of your health and well-being, for a brighter future.

We hope you enjoyed this update on what we've been up to since we last posted, and it would be great to hear back from you and find out how you've been doing to. Send us a tweet, a Facebook message, or fill in the contact form on our website form and find out what we can do for you today!

The Options Team.


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