IN the midst of threats to jobs and the rising cost of living, two Solihull residents have launched their own organisation to boost the self esteem of those hit by the recession.
Dr Bobby Sura and Satya Sandhu have come up with the idea of the Well-Being forum to offer those faced with economic and social problems an alternative to being referred to a psychologist or a counsellor.
"The current threats of job redundancy, cuts to pensions, rising fuel and living costs has left people feeling very demoralised and insecure," Dr Sura said.
"We thought most people would not need a referral to a psychologist or counselling service but they might benefit from a group experience, focusing on issues like self-esteem, positive thinking and realising potential."
The Solihull Well Being Forum was set up in January 2013, and meets on the last Wednesday of the month.
Membership has now grown to over 80 people from all walks of life and the forum is becoming a vibrant place for people to replenish themselves.
Dr Sura added: "Through our professional practice and experience, we have found that personal well-being is about a delicate balance it incorporates physical health, social networks, financial security and emotional resilience.
"Spiritual values can also be important, in holding this balance together. Our Forum works to touch upon all of these areas of human experience, as part of a holistic approach.
"Using poetry, live music, reflective talks and experiences of laughter yoga or guided relaxation, the forum addresses different themes each month, to improve how people feel, create hope, meet like-minded friends and achieve personal goals."
The forum, which is free to attend, will next meet at the Solihull Women's Institute, 745 Warwick Road, on Wednesday, April 24.
To attend, call 07801 278 377 or go to www.meetup.com/solihull-well-being-forum.