Free workshop in Wexford helps people to manage their stress themselves

By Amy Lewis

Published 19/03/2016 | 00:00

Following much success in Wexford last year, a six week Stress Control course for adults will commence in Wexford town this April.

Stress Control Wexford Uses cognitive-behavioural methods to teach coping strategies to deal with stress and is a free service open to all members of the public. It will begin in St Michael's Hall on April 5 and run each Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. thereafter. Each session will cover a different topic such as cognitive therapy, behaviour therapy, controlling panic and controlling sleeping problems.

Stress Control Wexford was established in May 2015 when a small working group, consisting of a psychologist, three facilitators from HSE Summerhhill Community Mental Health Centre, FDYS and GROW came together. Following training, they held two stress control courses in Wexford and the results were extremely positive. Of those who attended, 85 per cent said they had benefitted and 46 per cent said their symptoms had improved since attending.

'Stress Control' was first devised by Glasgow-based psychologist Jim White to help people tackle their stress themselves. It is now the most widely-used stress management programme within the HSE and NHS.

For more, contact FDYS Wexford before Friday March 25.

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