Wirral Mind have successfully launched their Motiv8 programme for improving mental health in Merseyside.

The free programme helps people find activities they enjoy so everyone can experience the physical, mental and social benefits of exercise.

Adults from Merseyside attended the launch session last Monday which included activities such as ‘blitzercise’, boxing and yoga.

Wirral Mind Motiv8 launch session boxing
Motiv8 boxing taster session

Rachel Gilbert, training manager at Wirral Mind, said: “The launch day was amazing, and I think it’s going to be a really big success.

“The idea behind Motiv8 is about trying to increase people’s activity levels.

“It’s not necessarily about training for a marathon or working hard in the gym, it’s about encouraging people to get moving.

“The ethos is around the key recovery principles and the idea that there are things we can do, even when we feel like there is nothing that can be done.

“Everyone seemed to leave with a big smile on their face and came back wanting more.”

Motiv8 sessions take place from Monday to Thursday and involve several activities suitable for all abilities in a judgement free space, with health and wellbeing advice available alongside.

Wirral Mind Motiv8 launch session class
Specialists and personal trainers lead Motiv8 sessions

Group-based activities are provided in partnership with other local charities and groups.

These include Merseyside Sports Partnership, Raw n’ Real Northwest, Core Movement Studio, Julia Baxter Fitness and Everton Red Triangle Boxing Club.

Physical activity can improve mental health by increasing energy levels, managing stress and boosting mood and self-esteem.

Who are Wirral Mind?

Wirral Mind logo

Wirral Mind are an independent charity that help people in the community achieve better mental health.

Although funded by the council, donations are key to fund new opportunities that cater to what people need.

One of these upcoming opportunities is the ‘Mum’s Matter’ service.

This is an eight-week course which gives new mothers ways to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Other services offered by the charity include counselling, befriending and training, all of which can be found on their website.

“Wirral Mind is all about creating a safe space for people who are struggling with their mental health,” said Rachel.

“There are people who are anxious about the world opening up again.

“We are here for people wanting to take that first step.

“What we find small may be big for someone else.

“We want to build the idea that there is hope for recovery and we want to help people explore that through our activities and services.”

How to participate

More information can be found on Wirral Mind’s website, Twitter and Facebook.

Motiv8 sessions run every week at 90-92 Chester Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5DL.

Listen to the full interview with Rachel Gilbert below:

(Images courtesy of Wirral Mind)