Waltham Forest Concious Care Community

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Waltham Forest Conscious Care Community 

A social prescribing service comprised of community-related groups and activities for people experiencing social isolation and mental distress.

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Post Natal Depression peer support group called Motherly Love launched in August 2019 after my own experience of mental ill health. Despite having an incredible support network around me when I was unwell I still experienced extreme loneliness as very few people truly understood how I felt or what I was going through.  I realised there was a huge need for a space where women could come together with other people who were experiencing the same mental wellbeing challenges or those that had recovered. Having spent most of my life living with undiagnosed mental illness and covering it up, I am now passionate about breaking down the stigma and taboo that continues to surround illness related to the mind. Maternal mental health feels even more taboo as the narrative surrounding motherhood is "isn't it all wonderful" which I know is not the truth for many of us. 

Chi Kung - helps to keep your joints supple, works to balance your internal organs and brings increased flow and clarity to your mind through gentle movements. It does not involve floor work, so is very accessible to everyone. The full body and mind relaxation can also be done seated.  A little goes a long way.

Sketch Appeal - Discover a fun new form of self-care that will change the way you see and feel about yourself for good! Playing both artist and muse, you’ll learn to see and draw yourself in expressive new ways - you might even meet your alter-ego!  You’ll be challenged to experiment with a range of materials, styles and approaches that encourage you to break free from ‘perfection’, re-frame ‘mistakes’ and discover new forms of self-expression. The book won’t teach you the ‘rules’ of portraiture - it will give you the confidence to break them!  Forget mastering the ‘perfect’ portrait, The Art of Self Love is about cherishing the most important masterpiece in your life – YOU!

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Anxiety and Depression peer support group using Creative Writing to explore feelings and emotions based on their own recovery.  The main goal, beside the connectedness we all seek in these difficult times, would be to reflect and discuss how we were in the presence of anxiety symptoms.  As we know that mindfulness can be a factor that helps protect against feeling disabled by anxiety different techniques are taught to enable this as well as offering sufficient support for Q&A.

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Eating Disorder and Body Dysmorphia peer support group offers a safe and inclusive space where you are able to express and explore your thoughts and feelings, struggles and successes with others who also experience an Eating Disorder/Disordered Eating or Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I hope you will find solace in meeting others with similar difficulties, and learn from one another’s experiences. There will be the opportunity to engage with journaling and art activities, relaxation, and grounding, as well as having a space to talk through your experiences.

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For more information or to make a referral please contact Chris O'Sullivan via email at chris.osullivan@crestwf.org.uk or call 07919 520422