• Kedren Elliott

Participants maximise their Happiness in 6-weeks

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

The 30th of May saw us running our last ZOOM session for participants in our 6-week Happy Appy programme. During April and May, we guided participants using the App through daily activities and resources for better mental health and happier living.

Part-funded by a grant from the Cheshire Crime Commissioner Fund, 11 people signed up for the course and took part from the comfort of their own home, joining Liz, Ben, myself and special guests for weekly ZOOM sessions.

We created the course with the aim of helping people to maximise their happiness during this unprecedented time with weekly themes and daily habits that participants could take part in to improve their mood.

Everyone who took part successfully completed over a quarter of the daily wellness tasks that were set for them through the App. Those that attended the weekly ZOOM sessions really embraced each of the course's weekly wellness themes which included exercises in gratitude, self-care, creating new habits, giving and connecting which are all recognised practises of the 5 ways to wellness.

Ben, Liz and I really enjoyed putting together the weekly themes and running the sessions as much as the participants did in taking part. It was so uplifting to read and talk about the things people were grateful for each week and also to hear from everyone who took part how changing small everyday habits each week was helping them become more positive.

We’ve collected some cracking feedback from those who took part and we were so pleased to see that everyone who provided feedback reported that their mental health had improved by the end of the 6 weeks. Collectively participants scored their overall mental health to have improved by 58%.

All participants said that they found the App easy to use and were able to fit the daily tasks around their other commitments and felt the tasks were flexible enough to swap and change them from day to day so they could complete.

85.7% of people also said that they would recommend the App to others and that they would also continue with some of the daily tasks and wellness activities they had learnt during the course to maintain their mental health.

Here are some of the things people said:

“It was good to be part of a group of people who all had the same aim - to be more aware of their mental health and how it affects their daily lives; with a view to learning practical techniques on how to better manage their mental health. The programme helped me focus on taking time out for myself to give proper consideration to my mental health and not just the physical side of my health.”

“I've learnt the value in taking time to reflect on my own thoughts and to try and separate the emotion from the situation, and in finding things to be grateful about each day.”

“Resources were great and I enjoyed all the podcasts, I'll continue to listen to the happiness hub podcasts!”

“The daily tasks did not always fit my personal timetable but I simply swapped days around to fit my own preferences.”

The team are now reviewing the feedback and looking to roll out another pilot with a focus of 18 – 30-year-olds over the coming months. To find out more or to log your interest, please email or call Kedren on 07702 174 155.

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