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Women’s Health Month – 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

May is Women’s Health Month – an important time of the year where we can shine a spotlight on the structural inequalities that negatively impact women’s health and promote and advocate for a more woman-centered approach to healthcare.

We know that good health comes from understanding how physical and mental wellbeing are intrinsically linked. When someone experiences trauma, the effects on health and wellbeing can be extensive. Vale Domestic Abuse Services provide a variety of empowering aftercare services for survivors to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

According to the NHS, the following components need to be addressed to achieve mental wellbeing:

Connect with other people

      Isolation is a tool that is often used in domestic abuse. At Vale Domestic Abuse Services, we facilitate a survivor network which offers peer support and a listening ear, helping to build a sense of solidarity, belonging and boosting self-worth.

      Be physically active

        Physical activity has been scientifically proven to relieve stress and anxiety and boost mental wellbeing. We organise regular ‘Walk & Talk’ sessions; an opportunity for the women we support to enjoy a beach or park walk and connect with other women.

        Learn new skills

          Learning a new skill can improve mental wellbeing and self-confidence. Our ‘Wellness Wins’ sessions offer a host of different new skills to try out – from pottery-making, cooking classes, to upcycling furniture.

          Give to others

          Acts of kindness towards others can boost self-worth and wellbeing. We offer various volunteering opportunities that support the day-to-day operations of our charity. Supporting survivors and making a difference can be a great way to improve your own wellbeing.

          Pay attention to the present moment

            Mindfulness can help you appreciate the here and now and enjoy life more. We regularly run mindfulness sessions for survivors which help us to reconnect with our bodies and feel more in control of the present.

            If you would like to find out more about the various ways Vale Domestic Abuse Services
            supports and promotes wellbeing and recovery for survivors, please contact

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