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Surrey’s virtual wellbeing and mental health interactive hub brings people together

The online wellbeing hub which enables Surrey residents to access a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions virtually from the comfort of their own home has run more than 650 sessions since its launch in May.

Surrey Virtual Wellbeing is a one-stop-shop where those who require mental health or emotional wellbeing support can view, register and access online activities including virtual coffee mornings, group chat sessions and tailored exercise classes.

Since its launch, 75% of users say they would use it again or recommend it to a friend.

As a joint partnership between Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the initiative is one of a number of measures which was introduced to support the most vulnerable and sometimes socially isolated residents to remain connected during COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council said “The Covid-19 pandemic has created many challenges, including how residents continue to access support they often rely for matters such as their mental health. The online Hub has helped bring a range of interactive sessions and workshops together in one place, enabling our residents to stay connected and look after their mental wellbeing, and it’s been encouraging to see so many people take advantage of the activities on offer. As we look ahead to the winter with the added uncertainty of what our day to day lives may look like, Surrey County Council and partners continue to strive to minimise isolation, and make sure our residents know how to access mental health support if they need it.”

Residents can access the hub by visiting the Healthy Surrey website at healthysurrey.org.uk/virtualwellbeing.

You can read the full Surrey Heartlands press release here.

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