Scheme launched to bring happiness and well-being to Derby people

A citywide programme aimed at improving mental health across Derby is to be launched next Monday.

Happiness and well-being expert Dr Andy Cope will team up with Derby City Partnership to launch a unique citywide programme called Brilliant Derby.

The long-term aim of the project is to make a stand against the rising tide of mental ill-health and to introduce a series of simple principles that will help people take charge of their own well-being, supporting and complimenting the superb mental health professionals in the city.

Beginning on Blue Monday Monday, January 18, with an introductory session, the scheme will officially roll out in the Spring with a well-being workout beamed live on YouTube.

This will be followed by the creation of a network of well-being champions, six further Derby wide webinars and the launch of a well-being workout schools project.

The idea is for those who take part in the sessions, volunteer champions and people from across the city to continue to develop Brilliant Derby to spread the word through communities, businesses and schools.

Brilliant Derby is aimed at the majority who have been ground down by recent events, those who have muddled through and want to regain a spring in their step.

Mr Cope said: “2020 was a year that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. We want to help Derby rise stronger.

“In 2021, we’re asking you to join Brilliant Derby, a well-being revolution that raises the bar from mental health to mental wealth.

“Quite simply, we want you to sign up to be your best self, consistently. And while that might not change the world, it’ll certainly shape yours.

“Nobody really knows what an uprising of well-being looks like. Nobody is ever described as ‘stark raving happy’. The news never reports on a mass outbreak of human flourishing.

“So, here’s our thinking. A city-wide outbreak of well-being has to start somewhere, and we’re suggesting the best place is in Derby.

“This revolution starts in the hearts and heads of the citizens of our magnificent city which shows up in our behaviours and ripples out into our communities and beyond.”

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Mr Cope previously had success with the Spy Dog series of children’s books and also ran a citywide campaign involving schools called The Art of Being Brilliant during which a Guinness world record was set in Derby for the most acts of kindness being carried out in one day.

City council cabinet member Councillor Roy Webb said the 12-month plan was “both unique and bold”.

He said: “As part of Derby’s ‘building back better’‘ from the impact of Covid-19, a series of well-being workouts will be available to businesses, schools and residents of Derby.

“(These will be) on the themes of positivity, resilience, purpose, gratitude, altruism, strengths, happiness, mindfulness, mental health, physical health, mindset and self-esteem.

“We want to train and empower volunteers to take these lessons into community venues and spread the word so we can really bring out the best in Brilliant Derby.”

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