Door 43 wellbeing blog: Beat the boredom with the five ways to wellbeing

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In these blogs our Door 43 team provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and our TwitterFacebook and Instagram channels along with information about how to access our new online service delivery channels as they develop.  

This week Chris talks about his own challenges with beating the boredom and provides tips and tools to help you stay productive, motivated, occupied and most importantly feeling good!

Hi everyone, I’m Chris and I’m one of the health and wellbeing practitioners with Door 43. ​

It’s my turn to write the wellbeing blog this week and I’ve decided to write about the importance of staying occupied or otherwise distracted, as this is an area where I feel my own emotional wellbeing has been most greatly impacted as a result of  the COVID-19 pandemic. ​

Before social distancing came into effect I found that my evening and weekend diary seemed to fill itself. I used to go the gym maybe three evenings per week (admittedly with varying levels of enthusiasm) and while I perhaps would see friends maybe every couple of weeks I’d also spend a lot of time with family. ​

Then, in came social distancing, and just like that evenings and weekends are wide open and not necessarily in a good way. I for one have found that not having any idea of what I’m going to be doing with my spare time has made me feel really frustrated, like my spare time is pointless.

That’s how I felt during  the third week of lockdown, but over the bank holiday weekend, on reflection, I realised that there are a fair few things I could be doing which would keep me occupied and stop me feeling this way. The barrier that stopped me was indecision. When I felt restless and was looking for something to do I couldn’t decide and ultimately then ended up doing nothing and being bored! ​

It’s like when you’re trying to pick something to watch on Netflix (other streaming services are available) there’s so many to choose from, you can’t pick which one you want to watch so, 20 minutes later, you abandon the search and watch that film you’ve seen 100 times before. ​

If this sounds like you then I have a tip which may help you with this and it won’t take huge effort for you to do. Keep a week planner! ​

The weekly planner

Before the pandemic our lives had some form of structure. When you think about it,  we usually have a fair idea of what we have coming up over the next couple of weeks even down to details like what time we need to be getting up in the morning. However, times have changed for now and its really important that even in this time when you may feel like you have literally nothing you have to do, you maintain as much of your routine as possible to maintain some sense of normality, and where there are now gaps, fill them with other activities.

Most of you will have a device which has a calendar or some application which you could use for this, but if not a simple piece of paper will do, it doesn’t need to be pretty, it just needs to help you to work out how you’re going to spend your time. ​You can check out my example above. Also, I would recommend not doing the same activity for too long, maybe only a couple of hours then have a break from it to stop each activity losing its appeal.

So, plan your week, and try to make sure you have an activity which meets your wellbeing needs each week.

Five ways to wellbeing

For those of you who use our service already, chances are you will have heard us mention the ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ before. These are Five key areas which a person should aim to have in their lives to help them maintain positive emotional wellbeing. ​

Connect ​

There is strong evidence to suggest that it is a fundamental human need to feel valued and close to other human beings. However, undoubtedly, you’ll be thinking that this is difficult to achieve given the current situation. ​

Before social distancing, you probably had plans with your friends. You may have arranged to meet up over the weekend or maybe you used to love having a laugh as a group on the way home from school/college. So does this have to stop? Why not have a group video/phone call at about the same time as you would’ve been meeting up? ​

In our house we now have a group video call between our group of friends about once a week which is oddly more often than we used to speak to each other but I’m not complaining!​

I’ll admit the first time we did this it was a little awkward to begin with, there were some long pauses and the odd technical issue but before you know it you almost forget you’re not in the same room. ​

Don’t forget the people you live with! Set time aside for family activities. Maybe get out an old board game from the back of the cupboard or maybe you all put the name of a film you’d like to watch on a slip of paper and then into a little jar and one night per week one is drawn out at random and you all watch it together? ​

Be Active 

Regular physical activity has been shown to lower rates of anxiety and depression amongst all age groups so it is definitely important that we are trying to keep as active as possible at this time. Don’t be put off by this thought! It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel the benefits. Add a simple walk to your daily routine as this has the added advantage of a change of scenery. ​

There are many activities you can also do from the comfort of your own homes too! There are online resources such as yoga or home workout videos available on YouTube, which you can work through at your own pace! Our social prescribing worker Christos has made his own which can be accessed on the Door43 Instagram and is well worth a look.

Take Notice 

It’s really important that we take time to notice what is happening in the ‘present’. This helps to strengthen our wellbeing by ‘savouring the moment’ rather than worrying about problems or things you’ve got to do for example. By focusing on your senses in the present, it helps de-clutter our brains and can help us to reaffirm life priorities. ​

Also think about your environment. Have a de-clutter day and rearrange your room so that it feels comfortable to be in. If you spend most of your time in the same room, have a change of scenery and spend a day out of that space or spend time outside. ​

Recently we have been very fortunate with the weather and I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden. If you are able to do this, then I strongly recommend you spend maybe just 15-20 minutes a day just sat outside and see what you notice about what’s going on around you. You can also do this on a daily walk and take notice of a completely different environment.

Keep Learning 

It’s really important that we continue to learn new things throughout our lives for lots of reasons, such as keeping our minds active and boosting our self-esteem through recognising our own achievements. Anecdotal evidence suggests that opportunities to engage in some form of learning also help to lift people who are particularly isolated out of depression. ​

Now, fear not, I’m not suggesting that you try to finally get your mind around algebra unless that’s your jam, as it doesn’t really matter what you learn! You may learn a new element to an already existing hobby such as photo editing if you’re into photography or maybe you’re really into art and have been drawing landscapes for years. Why not try pop art or portraits? ​

The key is to set yourself a goal and dedicate some time per day or per week to this. ​Go on, add it to your timetable!

I’m from a musical background and have played several instruments for years. I mainly play Rock or Metal but perhaps a couple of months ago now Connor, one of our social prescribing workers introduced me to Chillhop and so I’m going to learn how to make some Chillhop music. If I like it I may put it on one of the Door 43 Instagram videos and let you decide how I got on but let’s see eh?!


We all experience that warm feeling when we know we have done something nice for another human being, and while the intent is to do something to benefit another, let’s not ignore the positive affect this will have for ourselves. ​

As I said earlier, these little acts of kindness can be anything you know will benefit someone else. For example, do you have a skill which you could teach to someone else? Could you help someone in your home feel less stressed by taking on an additional household chore?  Do you know someone who lives on their own but who would really appreciate a 20 minute phone call once a week?

​This week it’s my mission to begin to teach my fiancee to play the drums. She mentioned about two years ago that she’d like to learn and it’s been one of those things that we’ve never got around to but now it’s the time! ​

We are posting daily content on the Door 43 Instagram and Facebook pages providing activities to support you during this time so be sure to follow these pages so you don’t miss out!

Some other suggestions on activities you can do which meet these areas of wellbeing can be found at Mindkit and Mind.

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Setting goals and staying motivated to feel good!

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In these blogs our Door 43 team provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels along with information about how to access our new online service delivery channels as they develop.  

This week our wellbeing worker Rochelle talks about ways to stay motivated, positive and grateful during lockdown. 

Hi everyone its Rochelle here from Door 43. This week I am going to be sharing with you an open and honest account of how lockdown is going for me and how I am trying to stay motivated, positive and grateful.

A few weeks ago on our Door 43 Instagram account (door43_) I discussed how learning a new skill and setting goals for our time in lockdown could be a good way of staying motivated whilst at home. My personal weekly goal was to make a cake and I can happily share that I have successfully baked and decorated a weekly cake (although I did have a little help) and I feel proud I was able to reach my goal.

Creating weekly goals can be a really great way to stay focussed. They give you something to work towards as well as provide a sense of direction which is so important for our wellbeing – especially in times of uncertainty. You could set yourself a SMART goal for each week or fortnight depending on what it is you want to achieve. What is a SMART goal you may ask? SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely and these things are good to think about when deciding on what your goal is going to be.

Research suggests goals that are specific have a greater chance of being achieved. If I’d decided to ‘do some baking’ for example, this would be too vague and I’d never have gained the sense of achievement so instead I decided to ‘bake a cake weekly.’

Ensure your goal is measurable so you can monitor your progress and recognise when you have achieved your goal. To use the latter example, I said I’d do one cake a week, so that’s nice and measurable whereas if I’d said I’d do ‘some baking’ I’d never know when I had reached my goal and wouldn’t have got the sense of accomplishment that comes with this.

Is your goal achievable? Is it something that is is in your power to achieve or will it rely on other people or other things being in place? Thinking about the cake again, are you going to be able to put time aside to make and decorate it without interruption for example? Or do you need to make arrangements to ensure you have this ‘me’ time? Be realistic, is your goal something you have the practical resources to meet? For example, baking equipment and time to achieve this goal?

Lastly, the goal needs to be time-bound – with a start and an end date – this will give you a sense of direction and will help you to feel organised. You could say, I’ve put aside three hours on a specific day to bake and decorate a cake. I know this is achievable and realistic as I’ve made sure I have this time to myself to make it happen and I have all the equipment I need.

When I set myself the goal to make and decorate a cake, I considered all of these points, and it helped me to not only stay focused but it also helped me push myself to create the best cake I could. You can set goals for anything that is personal to you. Try and make it something that you are interested in and enjoy because that’s half of the fun!

However guys, what is equally as important as setting goals is the acceptance that sometimes we just lack motivation and that is OK!  Whilst scrolling through your social media feeds you may see others looking like they are bossing isolation, and it may feel like there is a lot of pressure for ‘self-improvement’ at this time! I for one definitely feel this way, and in turn this can lead you to feel even less inspired to try something new! Each day is a new day, and a fresh start- remember keep your goals SMART and don’t compare yourself to others especially not on social media where things are definitely not as they may seem! This time isn’t about making a new you, it’s about the potential to learn something new.

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Dealing positively with change and ambiguity   

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In these blogs our Door 43 team will provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels along with information about how to access our new online channels as they develop.  

This week our wellbeing worker Annis will be looking at the subject of change and how to deal with the anxieties that might manifest as a result. 

Hiya, I’m Annis and I’m fairly new in, working as a Wellbeing Practitioner at Door 43.  I decided to write about the topic of change as it’s something we are all currently living with right now and can feel like a frightening and an unsettling experience.  

I was so excited to start my new job at Sheffield Futures and  I thought I was doing OK with a change in job until the pandemic hit and like everyone else, my working and living habits suddenly changed. 

So, I started to ask myself, how am I going to deal with this very unique and odd experience we are currently facing?  How do we manage such a drastic change in our lives?  How do we stay safe both mentally and physically?  For me, the biggest barrier I face is not being able to do the things I love doing which has always had a way of recharging my batteries both mentally and physically.  We are not allowed to go out in groups, mix with our friends, or do many of the ordinary things that make life enjoyable and fun!  So instead of focusing on what we are not able to do, I wanted to focus on what I could do to make make my life more bearable. 

I can for example, go for a run to get some fresh air, put things in perspective, try and improve my physical  fitness and ability to run up hills without going purple and feeling like my lungs will collapse!  That is definitely a bonus!  I am not a natural runner and  began with the Couch to 5K programme If you have never run but are considering it, try looking at this, it’s a great way to start.  Prior to using this, I would get out of breath running up the stairs but now I can run 5K (although very slowly!)Running is free, a great way to have a break from problems and it builds your physical stamina.  I use it as time out to think about the changes I am  currently facing and think about potential solutions to those problems.  That is what works for me and it may work for you!  Why not give running a go? 

Another thing I’ve noticed that I find useful is focusing on the positives that the new changes to my life have brought with them I suppose it’s making a list of things that I am grateful for which can help to lift feelings of despair and dread while accepting and respecting the severity of the situation. My heart naturally goes out to those who are ill with the virus and all those at risk but amongst this sadness there are most definitely very good things happening in the world. Human nature at its best is also present. I’ve started to hear and see huge acts of kindness being demonstrated both on social media and in my personal life. Neighbours taking time out to do shopping for the elderly and those at risk, people volunteering to help out at the hospitals who are in desperate need of support and even shop keepers offering to make deliveries to those who cannot get out and shop for themselves.  These things made me realise that if we are considerate of others and try our best to help where we can, these acts of kindness help us to feel better about ourselves and help others to feel valued.  In terms of my experience really appreciated it when someone offered to help me and spend time showing me systems I was unfamiliar with in my new job and help me manage this whole new way of communicating on social media! Thanks guys you know who you are!  Having a long standing and deep hatred for technology, the recent changes have tested my ability to accept and manage change.  I am starting to realise that perhaps computers do not hate me afterall, they just need a little more patience and time spent with them to understand their ways of working!  It was a bit like being in a new relationship and using trial and error to see what works for the two of us!  I am not saying I have it sorted, but I think I am beginning to learn the basic art of computer communication!  So,  if you are learning to manage a new way of working which includes working in isolation, try asking for help, I know I was surprised and relieved when I got the support I wanted.  I am sure there will be someone to help you too!  The wellbeing staff at Door 43 have now adapted their ways of working so we can connect with you online, or over the phone, so If you are feeling you need to talk to someone, please contact us!   

While working from home I realised how much time I wasted being sat in endless traffic jams and getting angry at other drivers just for being on the road!  I am thankful I do not have this daily battle with aggressive drivers and those who honk their horns at you for no obvious reason.  Taking, the time out to appreciate positive aspects of the recent changes has helped me feel calmer and more hopeful  about what has happened and it could help you.    

Writing this blog has helped me put things in perspective and realise change is inevitable and made me realise that things will slowly start to return to “normal” or at the least become more recognisable. If you are someone who enjoys writing their thoughts and feelings why not write a blog yourself? This is my first attempt (which may be obvious) so you do not need to be an expert.  Or if blogging is not for you, why not write a mood journal so you can collect your personal thoughts and feelings and allow yourself time to process the very strange changes in your life. 

I have been grateful for the beautiful weather we have been given over the last few days as it acts as a reminder that Summer is on its way, life moves on and at the same time it reminded me how much I love being in nature! Nature can be hugely therapeutic and calming and we are allowed to take daily walks if we keep our distance from others.  If walking is not your usual thing, why not give it go? 

Below is a diagram that demonstrates a theory about how we respond to change and how it can impact on our lives. Most people will identify with the shock, denial and frustration elements of the diagram and people will vary in how long they stay in certain stages.  For me, I feel I am currently in the Experiment stage which creates a mixture of emotions.  I like the idea that there is only one more stage of acceptance before I learn to integrate the new changes that I am currently living with.  The diagram may help you to recognise where you are in your own life and realise that it is totally normal to feel this huge range of emotions and thoughts.  Remember we are in this together!  Stay safe everyone! 

Here are 7 ways to manage change  

  1. Have a plan.  Change is essential for us to grow, expand and thrive 
  2. Set a goal  A goal that is realistic and achievable for yourself in the near future 
  3. Define the change – Describe what the change or changes are  
  4. Celebrate the old – So we may miss our old ways of working and living but we can remember and celebrate them –  perhaps share stories on Facebook, look at old pictures with your friends and colleagues 
  5. Articulate Challenges – Maybe write down what you think will be a challenge for you or your family/friends without making negative predictions about what could happen   
  6. Listen carefully to others  can they offer advice, tips or guidance on how to manage change at work or at home 
  7. Find key influencers – Sometimes we can get inspiration from others who overcame very difficult circumstances or personal loss  YouTube is a great way to hear success stories.  

Positive quote to finish with 

Every day the clock resets. Your wins don’t matter. Your failures don’t matter. Don’t stress on what was, fight for what could be.” Sean Higgins 

Check out the Door 43 team over on Insta each day.

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Five creative ways to combat anxiety and have fun at home  

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to close our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. One of the ways we will do this is through a weekly blog. In these blogs our Door 43 team will provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels along with information about how to access our new online channels as they develop.  

In this second blogMichelle Leeder our wellbeing worker provides some creative ideas about how to have fun whilst holed up at home. Enjoy.  


Hard to believe I know but last week Boris announced that we must stay home. We have been hearing messages for several days about the importance of staying at home as it will save lives and will help us move through this weird time we find ourselves in 

However, for some of us, being at home can be hard. Maybe home isn’t a safe place to be and if that is the case then there are people that can help you to find safety or feel safer in your home. Lots of us will also find it COMPLETELY BORING!! We are so used to being out with our mates, mixing up what we do and the idea of being at home for at least three weeks is understandably making us feel more than a little bit anxious.  

A REALLY good way to combat anxiety is to have funSo, at Door 43 we got you. Here are five ways to have fun whilst at home: 



Do you remember when you were five and you would grab some chairs and some blankets and make a den. Well now is the time to find your inner five-year-old and make a den. Not any old den though, an EPIC den. Build a den for big people, the more creative the better. Use whatever you can find and see how luxurious you can make it. Then spend time in it catching up on that NETFLIX series you haven’t got around to finishing yet.  

And don’t forget to take pictures for Instagram and tag @door43into those. We want to see all of your epic big people dens.  



Jump onto any app that lets you have a group chat (my current fave is Marco Polo) and get your pals together. You then have to take it in turns to sing a phrase each and see if you can make it through the whole of Bohemian Rhapsody.  






Get your family together or arrange for a group chat with your friends. Arrange a time when you are going to go for a fancy tea IN. You have to get dressed up in your POSHEST clothes and cook a 3/5/7 course meal (or just go with pasta and cheese again!). Then get your table all set up – like you were in a really fancy restaurant – and enjoy a night of wining (with a glass of orange juice of course) and dining. You could even then head to the theatre after that. 



Every morning Joe Wicks is doing a 30min PE lesson. Over 900,000 people have been taking part each day. This is a really good way to keep active, boost our energy levels and have a laugh. There is also a lovely feeling that comes with knowing you are taking part in something with hundreds of thousands of people across the world. 

And another bonus is that you can get your family involved and laugh with (at) them as they struggle to keep up.  






We are not allowed to meet up with people other than our family. That has been made very clear. However, we are allowed out for a bit of exercise each day. So, we can optimise this opportunity by connecting with people through their windows! 

Here is how it can work. Think about someone that lives close to you that might need a bit of human interaction. This could be a friend, neighbour, Nanan/Grandad, etc. Swing by their house during your walk and share some good news/encouragement/kind words with them BUT you can only use paper and pen to do it. 

These are just a few of the MANY things that you can do to have fun whilst at home. We would love to see what you are up to so make sure you tag us (@Door43_) in your posts and let us know of any ideas we have missed. We would love to share them with others! 

Take care all, Michelle  

Wellbeing tips from Christos: Healthy body = healthy mind and workout video

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More ideas for fitness from Christos here:


Door 43 wellbeing worker Christos has taken over the Door 43 Insta channel today and is focused on the importance of exercise within the daily routine for young people. Exercise is so important to keep bodies and minds healthy. Healthy body = healthy mind.  Give Christos’s workout a go too and let us know your thoughts!

Wellbeing tips from Terri: How to be more present, increase self awareness and reduce anxiety

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Sheffield Futures wellbeing worker Terri has some great tips to share on how to increase self awareness and be in the present moment to help drive down feelings of anxiety and stress.

Listen to the birds in the background, just allowing yourself to focus on the birds tweeting is calming, makes you want to get out in nature and be in the moment – at a 2m distance from everyone else though of course!

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Self isolation, social media rumours and the need for rational thinking

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to shut our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. This is the first of our weekly blogs. In these blogs our Door 43 team will impart wise words, wisdom and tools to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels. 

In this first blog, Luca Jandu our wellbeing worker talks about the need for rational thinking. Self isolation, although necessary right now in terms of physical health, can present some challenges for our emotional health. As our minds wander and we can’t forward plan, with the situation changing daily, we’re prone to catastrophising and this can cause unhelpful anxieties to manifest.  Here, Luca acknowledges this, talks about his own experience and provides some helpful ways to challenge irrational and anxious thoughts. 



So, this is the first blog from me, in this funny time we are facing! I really hope – considering the circumstances – you are all keeping as well as you can be. It’s uncharted territory for all of us, pushing us all hard emotionally, so it’s never been more important to be mindful of our wellbeing. On this note, I thought it would be worth looking at the need for rational thinking and the importance of trying to find a way to stay calm and keep going – especially hard when we are facing so many new challenges.

I had my own moment of irrational thought and mild panic last week and wanted to tell you about it as there were definitely a few learnings. I’ve been self-isolating since the 18th, so have been on social media a lot more than I usually would. As we know, social media isn’t the most reliable source of information. On the 18th, some rumours started circulating of a military crackdown, which even though I fact checked and found some of the sources to be from a fake website, the constant references to ‘military crackdown’ eventually got the better of me. So,  I rang my housemates to ask them to buy a load of rice, lentils and a crate of chickpeas and tahini – for hummus, I would really struggle without hummus! In hindsight this may have been a little irrational.



Later that evening – when looking at more reliable sources – I discovered the military had been brought in to support the police. It seems that a few police must be self-isolating or looking after their kids and the military are just doing a bit of their work – the mass of rice, lentils, crate of chick peas and litre of tahini all seems a bit silly now – whoops.

Now ‘rational me’ knows that I’m not going to starve, that the supermarkets will continue to stock the shelves and that the military play an essential role in protecting the public and can provide useful public services in times like these, getting food to isolated vulnerable people for example, which is very important. I usually have a pretty good grip on the irrational me and control my impulses, but I guess times like this can challenge our rational selves, push us all to do irrational things and social media can act as fuel in this fire. This incident emphasised to me the need to fact check what I read on social media with reliable sources, and to be a bit more conscious and mindful of my thoughts to try to keep a better grip on my irrational self.

After I told the team at Door 43 about this we posted some links to more reliable sources of information on our social media channels alongside some alternative positive news stories. I’ve put these links below for you at the bottom of my blog. We ask you in these difficult times to try to choose your sources of information carefully and look for the links we post too. While this is a difficult time with some challenges that will be new to all of us, we need to be cautious of where our information is coming from, fact check, use reputable sources for news and think rationally.

I’ve pulled together questions to ask yourselves that may help to challenge irrational thoughts as they arise. Maybe I wouldn’t be sat among this mass of rice, lentils if i’d considered these for a moment!

Questions to ask yourself when challenging irrational or anxious thoughts.

  1. Is there any evidence that contradicts my worry? Can I trust the source of my worry? Do I have all the information? Am I ignoring any contrary facts? Are my sources reputable and trustworthy?
  2. Am I assuming the worst will happen? Ask yourself – ‘Have I jumped to the worst- case scenario? How likely is this to happen really?
  3. Am I jumping to conclusions? Ask yourself – do you have the facts to back up your thoughts? Are they based in reality?
  4. What are the costs and benefits of thinking in this way? Is this a positive / healthy way of thinking? What would a healthier more balanced thought look like?
  5. Am I ignoring positive information? Is the negative looming unnecessarily large?
  6. How will I feel about this in 6 months? In a year? Look to the future, putting a situation into another point in time can give you a valuable, calming perspective.
  7. Is there another way of looking at this situation? Can you think of positives? For example, yes you might be stuck inside and you can’t see your friends but on the flip side it won’t be for ever and taking this action now will mean we can all get back to normal more quickly and safeguard the most vulnerable people.

Hopefully going through these questions when irrational or anxious thoughts get the better of you will help you slow your mind down so you can check yourself for catastrophising, unhelpful thinking and gain some perspective.

I wish you all the best in this challenging time and remember that Door 43 – even in if in a virtual form – is still here to support you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information about this. We’re working hard to get things up and running.

Take care of yourselves and each other and watch this space for our next blog next Wednesday.


Information on the importance of looking after yourself:

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Positive news:


Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday

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Some good news in these difficult times folks! As of today, the Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday service will be available for all young people currently registered with Door 43 over the phone. Young people registered with Door 43 can speak to one of our wellbeing workers between 11-1pm or 2-4pm.

Young people that want to speak to a wellbeing worker should call or text 07815698447. Your request will then be allocated and you’ll be contacted.

Scroll the pics in the Insta story for full details from the team.

For young people not registered but in need of help, we’re working really hard to replicate our services online so watch this space for more information.

Youth Work Week 2019 blog: Experiencing positive health and wellbeing

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Aaron Daniels is a Youth Work Team Leader at Sheffield Futures. As part of Aaron’s role, he delivers Youth Sheffield in the West of the city. Youth Sheffield is Sheffield’s city wide youth service. Youth Sheffield provides safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable and confident and take part in enriching activities, keeping them safe and supported to make the most of their lives. For today’s #YWW19 theme, Aaron talks about how Sheffield Futures works to ensure young people in Sheffield experience positive health and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing issues are on the rise nationally and the issues are well documented, with issues and struggles such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and social isolation a common complaint for our young people.

A good way to think about our youth clubs is that they are a gateway for support. Youth clubs provide a platform for young people to engage in activities that have a positive effect on their health and well-being. Young people engage in a variety of activities that cover curriculum themes that include sports, arts and media and life skills. Youth workers frequently consult with young people to ensure that their needs are being met and their ideas are being valued. The stimulating and interactive nature of these activities encourages young people to socialise with others and strengthen their friendship groups.  Throughout the youth work process of relationship and trust building young people often feel able to speak about concerns or issues that are affecting their well-being.

A youth club offers a safe and confidential place for young people to talk, a fun and interactive environment where young people can make new friends and we provide opportunities for young people to take part in half term activities such as travelling outside of the city, meeting new people and exploring future aspirations.  Youth workers are able to listen to concerns around well-being and if appropriate signpost or make referrals to more specialist areas of support.

If we cannot offer the right support directly in our clubs and we identify a need, we enable young people to access the specialist support we have on offer at Sheffield Futures and through our network of partners for example, help with substance mis-use, sexual health, one to one support to get young people back on track, support to give young people a voice and emotional and wellbeing support through our Door 43 service.

If you or a young person you know is experiencing any of the issues mentioned here and would benefit from support please reach out to Sheffield Futures. Tel 0114 2012800 or [email protected]

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Sheffield author A F Stone pledges support for Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield author A F Stone has caused a bit of a buzz lately with the publication of her book The Raven Wheel – a gritty tale of the journey of three teenagers in Stoke on Trent where Amy grew up before moving to Sheffield fifteen years ago. Amy has also created a bit of a buzz here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing service as she’s kindly offered to donate 80 per cent of all proceeds of her book sold through The Porter Book Shop to Door 43, here at Sheffield Futures.

The Raven Wheel deals with some dark and realistic themes including mental illness, suicide, drug abuse and difficult relationships as it tracks the young lives of the three main characters. Talking about why Amy chose to pledge her support to Sheffield Futures she said, ‘I chose Sheffield Futures and specifically the Door 43 service because I was looking for a local charity that provides the kind of support needed for the issues raised in my book.’

‘The three main characters are affected by a lot of things including mental health problems, social isolation, sexual abuse, family breakdown and bullying and Sheffield Futures offers a great holistic approach that would help young people facing issues like that.’

Commenting on the support Gail Gibbons CEO at Sheffield Futures said, ‘It’s clearly brilliant that Amy has decided to donate proceeds from the sale of The Raven Wheel to help young people that access our Door 43 service and that the book shines a light on the reality of some young people’s lives and the help that’s needed. We want all young people that might be experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues caused by any of the themes raised in the book to know that support is out there for them. We wish Amy all the best for the future and for the success of The Raven Wheel.’

Here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing centre at Star House we offer a preventative service focussed on intervening early with young people, to open up conversations and hopefully stop more serious issues in their tracks.

We know that young people can be put off accessing mental health services as they associate these environments with the stress and anxiety that is often fuelling their issues. Our Door 43 service ensures we can offer a safe and welcoming space for young people to openly talk about their feelings and access early preventative support in a completely neutral environment where they can literally get away from it all, clear their head and become ready to access the support they need.

Door 43 integrates a range of health and wellbeing support under one roof, giving young people the flexibility they need in terms of access to different specialist support services such as counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and mechanisms for referral for those who require specialist mental health assessment. We also offer social prescribing for young people. Much like going to the GP for a prescription, where we deem appropriate, we can prescribe therapeutic activities that young people show an interest in.

Young people can drop in to the Door 43 wellbeing café at Star House on Division Street on a Tuesday between 5-7pm or on Wellbeing Wednesday 11-4pm and on a Saturday 9.30-1pm. Our wellbeing workers can assess a young person’s level of need and provide appropriate support or refer young people on to more appropriate services through our referral network. Call 0114 201 800 or [email protected] 


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