CALMS produce new booklet to help people manage stress

CALMS service user, Brigid Harkin, reading the new FOCUS booklet.

CALMS service user, Brigid Harkin, reading the new FOCUS booklet.

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Community Action for Locally Managing Stress (CALMS) has launched a new resource aimed at helping younger and older people to deal with stress, anxiety and depression.

The project is called FOCUS (Focus on Older peoples’ Causes and Understanding Stress) and it saw CALMS clients aged 55 and over come together to talk about their experience with stress, anxiety and depression.

“The project was designed in a way that our clients aged 55 and over could talk about their own experiences with stress and discuss the best ways their anecdotes could be used to help younger generations,” said Project Manager, Elaine Porteus.

Some of the people who took part in the project listed the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce and getting married as the main causes of stress and identified stress is not age related.

“Obviously the things that cause people stress, anxiety and depression in their twenties are different when they get older but what remains the same and what we can control is how we deal with stress, anxiety and depression.”

The CALMS clients who took part in the FOCUS project produced a booklet to document all of their work, research and advice. The book will be available in the CALMS offices on the Northland Road.

In the book, the clients set out to identity what stress is and who gets it. They also used the booklet as an opportunity to present case studies showing how people who have used CALMS in the past have improved their lives.

The booklet also provides anyone struggling with stress, anxiety or depression with useful telephone number and perhaps most importantly, with the message that they are not alone and that the help they need is out there.

“The whole point of the book was to show people that, no matter what age they are, they can manage and take hold of their stress, anxiety and depression. At CALMS, we offer a variety of services and activities and we want as many people as possible to avail of them,” added Elaine.

For more information on the FOCUS Project booklet or to find out more about CALMS go along to their open day tomorrow (Monday September 28) from 10a.m. to 4:30p.m. and from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.

To contact CALMS telephone 028 7126 8698.