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FREE DEPRESSION BUSTING COURSE FOR OVER 65s

Journeys is running its award-winning Depression Busting course for people over the age of 65 at Abercyon Sports Centre, Parc Abercyon, CF45 4UY.

This is being held every Monday for six weeks starting on Monday 10th November 2014 - 10.30am to 1.00pm.

Application forms and further details are available from Kirsty at New Horizons, Aberdare. Telephone 01685 881113.

Journeys in partnership with New Horizons, Aberdare

Anti Stigma Ad Campaign

Journeys is committed to raising public awareness about depression. In the spirit of this cause, our new advertising campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with depression and mental illness by challenging the belief that mental illness is not a disease.


 

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The stigma dilemma

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Exercise in green space promotes mental health

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Chocolate depression link confirmed

Anyone who has attended a Depression Busting course will know that chocolate is a classic "quick fix" substance - something that gives you a mood lift in the short term, but will make you feel worse in the long term.  This has been the experience of many people who turn to chocolate to try to lift their depression.

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