Course to tackle causes of stress
The HSE is accepting applications from people who wish to better control their stress levels by taking part in courses commencing in Cobh and Youghal this month.
The six-week courses, which are free, are managed by the HSE Primary Care Psychology Services under its ‘Cork Beats Stress Initiative.’
The project began in 2014 with course venues rotating annually across the county in conjunction with the GAA and other organisations.
This year’s collaborations feature Killeagh GAA’s Healthy Club initiative, Youghal’s Family Resource Centre and Cobh GAA.
“The feedback is hugely positive”, says HSE principal psychologist Jennifer Hayes, “with many participants reflecting on improved confidence, enhanced quality of life and greater connectivity with family and friends.”
She said the course benefits are multiple in that as well as helping to manage stress, it reduces stigma and encourages discussion of stress among sufferers.
The sessions operate in a lecture format delivered by HSE primary care psychologists with participants not asked or encouraged to speak about personal issues.
The focus is largely on imparting skills to recognise, control and reduce stress in everyday situations.
“We are all primed biologically to experience stress,” Jennifer says. “It’s a natural coping mechanism but problems arise when it is triggered by non-life threatening events and becomes uncontrolled.” In that respect it is not pertinent to feel under stress in order to attend or to benefit from the course.
Participants can book places for either Cobh GAA club, Carrignafoy or the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal Sessions will be held on Thursdays 10.30am–12pm; on September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Information/ booking by emailing name, address and contact phone number, along with preferred location to: CorkBeatsStress@hse.ie or by phone on 086 787 1016.