Mental Health Awareness & Fundraising
Today is mental health awareness day. To be clear, mental health deserves it's day in the spotlight, but at JWC every day is mental health awareness day.
Over the past two years we have raised more than £11,000 for mental health charities, most recently, just this weekend raising a staggering £1,300 through out 'Train the Trainers' event for our annual charity 'Bridging the Gap'.
Mental health is something that we are extremely passionate about, and we are incredibly proud to be doing our bit for fundraising, raising awareness and working closely with people being directly impacted by mental health through Bridging The Gap's respite programme. Through this programme we can see first hand the impact that BTG and affiliated gyms are making to people's lives. Why is this so important?! 1 in 4 of us will struggle with mental health at some point. The NHS and public services are overwhelmed by the number of people needing help and the most vulnerable are being left to slip through the gaps. In the UK alone, 18 people per day commit suicide with many more causing themselves serious harm attempting.
BTG are bridging those gaps.
BTG offers fully or partially funded private counselling appointments and physical therapy as part of a 4 week program tailored to accommodate different levels of physical and mental ability.
Users of the program have access to 1 talking therapy session per week for the duration of the 6 week program. The counselling services are outsourced to the brilliant local therapists at SWANS charity.
Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a big difference at a physiological level. That’s why our programs integrate exercise sessions alongside talking therapy. We completely understand that for many people finding the confidence or motivation to exercise can be tough. When you enrol onto a BTG program, you’ll be assigned a personal trainer who you will see twice per week. Whether that’s doing some steady walking exercises or lifting weights, we really can adapt the sessions for any ability. The sessions don’t take place in a “normal gym” we only use facilities that align with the BTG core values.