New workshop here at SMART

SMART will be hosting a new workshop in conjunction with a new exhibition at the science museum. The new exhibition, entitled “Nerves” will examine the relationship between science, technology and our bodies through the history of psychology.

We invite you to take part in discussions with the curator and a leading scientist for the exhibition and find out what you think. Two creative workshops will be delivered in partnership with the Science Museum at SMART.

The first workshop will take place on the 23rd September 10.30 – 12 noon

If you would like to take part contact Kinga on 020 7368 7506

Healthy Kickers News

The healthy kickers group will be cancelled on the 27th of June and will resume on the 4th of July. For information about signing up please talk to Kinga here at SMART.

Life Skills Workshops

We are currently running a series of Life Skills Workshops designed to help people deal  with everyday issues that may be affecting their lives.

  • Overcoming Anxiety
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Confidence Building
  • Healthy Eating and Exercise
  • Overcoming Low Mood
  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Each workshop is led by a member of SMART staff but also involves group conversations, as people share their experiences and insight. The workshops have only 10 places and  lasts for just a couple of hours long, including a tea break.

If you would like to come to one of the workshops, please call Kinga on 020 7368 7506 or pop in to SMART to sign up. Everyone is welcome.

SMART Christmas Opening Hours 2012

Ho ho ho,

Here are our opening hours this Christmas period. Please note that our Christmas Day lunch has now sold out. However, you are still welcome to drop-in and say hello.

Monday 24th December
Tuesday 25th December
Wednesday 26th December
Thursday 27th December
Friday 28th December
Saturday 29th December
Sunday 30th December
Monday 31st December
Tuesday 1st January
Wednesday 2nd January
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
6pm – 9pm
6pm – 9pm
6pm – 9pm
6pm – 9pm

Top 5 tips for coping during the festive season

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year but it can also be one of the most stressful. If you are affected by a mental health problem then the run up to Christmas can be a lonely experience…  just remember you’re not alone.

1. Plan ahead

If you’re worried about being alone, find out what is going on in your area. Here are some details of local services but do also check local newspapers and the internet to find out what community events are going on. Also see whether there is a good day or time to visit relatives.

If you are worried about having too much to do over Christmas, think ahead about which events you want to go to and which you will be able to make your apologies for.

2. Don’t be afraid to talk

You may be feeling sad and tired but you probably still look the same to those around you. Unless you tell people how you are feeling they won’t understand what is wrong. Those close to you will want to help.

If you don’t feel you have anyone to talk to, find out about your nearest self-help group and think about calling a helpline number. The symptoms of mental illness can make you want to hide away but talking to others can really help.

3. Watch what you drink

Drinking and eating is all part of Christmas. Whilst one or two drinks may help you relax and cheer you up, too much alcohol may make your symptoms worse and/or stop medication working properly.

4. Don’t let pressure build up

Christmas can be a stressful time when you are under pressure to spend money, clear the desk at work and engage in the usual round of parties. Accept that you can’t do everything. Saying ‘no’ might be hard but most of us feel similar pressures and will understand. Ask for help if you need it – it will keep you healthy.

If you feel you have reached crisis point then you can visit your local A&E. You may also wish to contact one of the helpline numbers that we’ve listed here.

5. Avoid the New Year resolution trap

The end of the year can be a time of regret and a time for making promises that you may not keep. Don’t fall into the trap! Really look at the previous year and write down all the positive things that have happened and all of your successes.

And finally, remember that SMART will be open throughout the festive period and everyone is welcome.

SMART opening times can be found here.
Details of local services can be found here.

We hope you all have a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas.