Classes to offer stress tips

PSYCHOLOGISTS are holding free stress management classes in libraries over the next two months.

NHS Borders’ Jenny Strachan and Rebecca Pryde will help those experiencing mild to moderate stress or anxiety with simple strategies to cope.

Ms Strachan said: “Mental health professionals in the Borders work every day with people whose lives and families are affected by severe levels of anxiety, low mood and other difficulties. We recognise, though, that large numbers of people experience ‘everyday’ levels of stress and anxiety; who aren’t enjoying life and might benefit from some information and advice, but who perhaps think they just have to get on with it, or that it’s not important enough to bother anyone.

“These classes are for those people. We hope that people will learn a little about the common problems of stress and how these might affect them, pick up some simple strategies which might help, and become more confident in recognising when they or someone they know might need a bit more support.”

An NHS spokesperson said: “These are evening classes, no one will have to tell anything about themselves, and the staff will not be able to offer any personal advice.”

Support group contacts and self-help leaflets and DVDs will also be available.

The dates are: Galashiels library, Tuesdays May 8, 15 and 22, 6.00pm; Kelso library, Tuesdays May 29 and June 5 and 12, 6pm; and Innerleithen library, Thursdays at 6.30pm, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6.30pm. Dates for Hawick library have yet to be decided.