The courses have been designed to help learners manage stress and understand the importance of mental wellbeing.

Submitted by ACL Essex

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, adult education provider ACL Essex is offering a series of free two-session courses.

With current research suggesting that anxiety and depression has increased by as much as 25 per cent in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, adult education provider ACL Essex is focusing on how to improve mental health and wellbeing in the community.

The short courses will focus on self-confidence, managing changes in life and work and stress awareness.

There will also be a series of six-week courses available that provide learners with a greater understanding of their mental wellbeing, as well as training on how to reduce stress and anxiety.

ACL Essex also offers a wide range of health and wellbeing courses, from yoga and mindfulness to self-hypnotherapy and pranayama breathing; all to help learners adopt a positive approach to wellbeing and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The sessions allow learners to focus on their self-development by exploring a wide range of topics including health and relationships, healing minds and emotions and even an introduction to coaching.

Katherine Burns, principal at ACL Essex, said: “The pandemic has had an undeniable impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. ACL Essex is here to empower people and help them gain the skills to thrive, not just in the workplace, or by getting the qualifications they desire, but with their mental wellbeing too.

“Our courses offer a variety of options for those who want to improve their mental health, but aren’t sure where to begin.

"Whether you are struggling to manage the stresses of work or everyday life, or keen to learn more about how to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing, we have a course for you. We want the people of Essex to know that ACL Essex is here to support them, and can provide a safe space to assist them on their journey to wellbeing.”

Mental Health Awareness week runs from May 9 to May 15, 2022.

ACL Adult Education Centres can be found in Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh and in Witham.

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