World Mental Health Day 2021 #WMHD21

Sometimes World Mental Health Day seems like a slightly strange idea – as if there were ever a day when mental health wasn’t a significant issue. What we hope that World Mental Health Day provides is an opportunity for people to begin conversations about their mental health, which can then continue for as long as they’re needed. It’s also an opportunity for organisations like Touchstone to reach new people, who

2021-10-10T12:30:42+01:0010th October 2021|News, Partnership, Stress, WMHD, World Mental Health Day|

Apps for Mental Health & Wellbeing

There are loads of apps out there aimed at promoting wellbeing and good mental health. Here are 6 free apps that we have come across at Touchstone IAPT to get you started. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to add your free app recommendations in the comments below!   Catch it: Allows you to record your mood, the situation you were in, your thoughts and then

2019-03-20T14:05:33+00:0020th March 2019|Blog, CBT, Depression, Stress|

National Hug Day 2019 by Alison Lowe

As many of my colleagues at Touchstone will be aware, I am a hugger! Hugging is a way of being human with people; showing empathy, or just sharing a moment of joy.  I feel hugging keeps me connected with the people around me but it also allows me to show my emotions and vulnerability – which I think is essential in a mental health and wellbeing charity. I hug when

2019-01-21T09:34:21+00:0021st January 2019|Blog, Stress|

International Stress Awareness Day: November 7th

For International Stress Awareness Day, Touchstone IAPT have compiled  a list of our best stress-busting songs! Here they are in no particular order...   Dance With Me -  Olly Murs Happy - Pharrell Williams Pata Pata - Miriam Makebe Good Times - Chic Don't Stop Believing - Journey One Day Like This - Elbow Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry Don’t You Worry 'Bout a

2018-11-07T08:00:46+00:007th November 2018|Blog, Stress|

World Mindfulness Day and Eating Raisins

Ok, so you’re reading a blog about mindfulness, maybe you already have an app or two on your phone for mindfulness and maybe you are already using mindfulness on a regular basis. Or maybe not, you could be a complete beginner and wondering what all the fuss is about. Either way, there are loads of mindfulness activities and exercises out there to try so whether you are a seasoned mindfulness

2020-04-17T10:58:59+01:0012th September 2018|Blog, Stress|

Mental Health Awareness Week – the stress bucket

Vanysha and Adriana from the Mentally Healthy Leeds team use the stress bucket model as a visual aid, to show how we each have limited capacity for everyday stress factors, and that capacity may be different, depending on our life circumstances. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) is focussed on the theme of stress: why it happens, how we deal with it, how we can reduce it. Mentally

2018-05-14T08:00:50+01:0014th May 2018|Blog, Stress, Video|

Time to Talk Day

Very often in my work as a psychological therapist, I talk to people about being along a continuum of their mental health difficulty. We all fall somewhere along a continuum of depression, worry, anxiety and stress and we can all move up and down these continua at different times in our lives. I am no exception to this. So, on Time to Talk Day I would like to be open

2018-02-01T08:00:16+00:001st February 2018|Blog, Stress, Time to Talk|

Get some Head Space

Beat Stress! Get motivated! Make a new start! A free seven-week course coming soon to find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives. In a small group, we will learn different techniques that will help you manage your mood, including assertiveness, getting good sleep, self-esteem, dealing with stress and relaxation. When: Friday 9TH February 2018 10am-12.00pm. Every Friday for 7 weeks Where: Beeston, Venue to be confirmed This

2020-04-17T10:51:33+01:009th January 2018|Events, News, Partnership, Stress, Training|

Clients' Experiences of Touchstone IAPT

Coming into therapy for the first time can be daunting and it can be difficult to know what to expect. Some of our past clients have kindly answered some questions or written about their experiences of Touchstone IAPT to give an insight into what therapy is like and how it may help.  So if you are wondering if Touchstone IAPT can help you, we hope these stories will inspire you

2019-12-17T12:28:53+00:008th January 2018|Blog, CBT, Depression, Stress|