Mental Health – Health Trainer

Want to make some healthy lifestyle changes?

Both mental and physical health go hand-in-hand which is why it’s so important we keep up healthy habits. We know that living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, especially if you’re struggling with your mental health but setting small goals can help to make this more achievable.

Our experienced (and friendly!) Health Trainers, who specialise with those struggling with their mental health, are here to help you set and achieve these goals and motivate you along the way.

What support can you get from a Mental Health Trainer?

With this service, you will be assigned your own Health Trainer who will work with you to set realistic health goals and offer support, advice and understanding every step of the way.

Your Health Trainer will work in partnership with you to find out what changes you would like to make, and with up to 8 sessions of support scheduled at a convenient time for you, they can help you with many elements of your health such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Growing a network of support
  • Creating more structure to your day
  • Healthy eating
  • Losing weight
  • Increasing physical activity

Who can get healthy with us

  • Anyone aged 16+ who lives in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and has been diagnosed with a mental illness
  • Or registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough

How to sign-up

  • If you would like to discuss your eligibility or talk to a member of our team about the service, please contact us on 0333 005 0093 or text ‘Healthyu’ to 60777. There are no charges to call or text.
  • Alternatively, you can fill out a sign up form here .

Watch the video below to out more about the Mental Health Trainer Service:

Case Study

This patient joined the Mental Health Trainer Service not long after suffering a breakdown and struggling with anxiety. During this time, they had to leave their job and was unable to leave the house.

The patient’s main aim wasn’t to lose weight, but to get some support to eat a little bit healthier, get more active and have a reason to leave the house.

We discussed their diet and the main challenges seemed to be portion sizes, too many unhealthy snacks and frying food in lots of oil. We started by looking at the way they were cooking, and they decided to start grilling instead of frying. They also decided to swap bacon in the morning for Weetabix or Shredded Wheat which was a success. Another goal we set was around the amount of sugary foods they were eating. To begin with, the patient was eating about half a packet of biscuits every day. When we discussed this, they decided to gradually cut down to 4 a day, then to 2 and then having them every other day.

When it came to exercise, they did very little as they were not able to leave the house. The patient had a dog to walk which was something we used as a motivational tool to steadily increase their activity levels. Firstly, we looked for simple exercises to do at home, such as yoga, until they felt confident enough to go outside. Once this was accomplished, they decided to try walking the dog with a family member. By the end of our sessions the person was walking the dog for 2 long walks a day on their own. They also started to walk to the local shop which would normally be driven to.

From the start of our appointments to the end, I saw a huge change in this patient. They became so much more confident and happy with how their life was progressing. As their confidence grew, they attended some wellbeing courses alongside our appointments and also started some voluntary work.