“Ecotherapy”: How Nature Can Improve Our Wellbeing

  • “Ecotherapy”: How Nature Can Improve Our Wellbeing


    Image Source: https://theconversation.com/student-mental-health-10-minutes-a-day-in-nature-could-reduce-stress-and-anxiety-expert-explains-132633 In our modern and urban society, many of us live fast-paced lives; the work, social and personal pressures which this brings with it can negatively affect our mental health. It is well-known that a walk outside is good for our physical health, but evidence shows that it is just as beneficial for […]

  • Wellness Tips for Remote Working


    As we begin our thirteenth week of lockdown in the UK, for many of us, the question remains of when we might be able to physically return to our normal workplace. Whilst some restrictions are beginning to be lifted, remote working is proving to be a longer-term solution than perhaps anticipated. Step One has assembled […]

  • Anxiety around the “new normal”


    For the anxious amongst us, daily activities – from socialising to shopping – can seem daunting even without the new protective measures which have been put in place following the Covid-19 outbreak. However, with a “new normal”, consisting of one-way-systems, two-metre distancing and face masks to name but a few measures, we often find ourselves […]

  • Cognitive Distortions: A guide to discerning irrational thoughts


    Our thoughts, behaviours and emotions are all closely linked. Imagine them working as a cycle; if one of these factors is damaged, this can offset both other factors. Often, it is our negative thoughts which cause us to behave differently and feel bad. Image Source: https://physicianburnout.co.uk/need-help-what-help-do-i-need/ As is shown by CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), in […]

  • Changing you mind-set


    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – William Shakespeare Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. How CBT works […]

  • Kindness


    The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-240 May 2020) is ‘Kindness’ and isn’t it more important than ever to be kind? We have seen some generous acts of Kindness over the past few weeks, with Exeter Gin swapping their speciality from Gin to Hand Sanitisers to support our crisis hospitals, to local […]


    What about Mental Health?


    On 23rd March 2020 the UK Government put the entire UK population into lockdown. This meant a ban on all ‘non-essential’ travel and contact with people outside one’s home (including family and partners). The Corona Virus Act 2020 gave the Government emergency powers which hadn’t been used since the Second World War. One word which […]

  • Fundraising for Step One


    In these uncertain times, charities are finding it harder and harder to raise money to support their cause. That is why today, we launch our Fundraising Page to try to raise important funds to help our community with their Mental Health. We thank everyone that has supported our cause so far, through fundraising, volunteering, and […]

  • Helpful images for wellbeing


    The internet is a wonderful tool for learning and research, but we can also use this to find ideas to improve our wellbeing. Below are some images to give you some inspiration. Why not create a simple routine including daily wellbeing exercises to help you whilst in lockdown? We’d love to know your thoughts and […]

  • Our basic needs


    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs As human beings, our desire is to be all that we can be, in whatever capacity we choose. In this current pandemic, it’s difficult to be all we can so whilst we are in a period of lockdown, let’s focus on the basics and a theory that may help is the […]


    ‘Let’s Talk’


    A wellbeing toolkit with coping strategies for poor mental health. This toolkit is designed to help you think about mental health conditions and how you can support yourself and others through activities and knowledge. To help you in this time we have made this a downloadable file, with editable sections. Let us know what you […]

  • The CHIME Recovery Model


    There are several therapies and models which aid recovery from mental health conditions. CHIME is just one of many that is used – understand this model with the video below. Remember – recovery is possible… ‘…(Recovery) is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life with the limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves […]

  • Positive feedback from Torbay Peer Support


    As we continue to support our projects, we’d like to share some feedback from some of our service users of the Torbay Peer Support Project. Thank you to Sharon & Rachael for the continued support for the project and community. Comments and ideas from Torbay Peer Support Project during Coronavirus lockdown Good Afternoon Sharon Hope […]

  • Wellbeing for Lockdown

    Below are a few ideas that have been shared on social media – maybe think about incorporating some of these into your daily lives? Don’t worry if you can’t achieve these, but try to think of ideas to help with your own wellbeing. Don’t forget to visit the Step One social media pages and share […]

  • Depression


    Our video today explains a little about depression and what you can do to help those who you suspect that may be suffering with depression. As always we would love your feedback on our social media pages.