Our Blog is now live – An insight into Catalyst by our CEO

We’re excited to announce a new addition to the way we communicate – a blog!  It has been started by our Chief Executive, Sue Murphy, to explore and explain what being CEO for Catalyst is like.  Sue is planning to blog on a regular basis,  updating us on her meetings, events and news whilst providing READ MORE

Congratulations to our Peer Mentors for their Volunteer of the Year award

It was with great pleasure to see two of our Peer Mentors, Joe and John receive an award from Greenoak Community Focus for their volunteering efforts in Woking. Joe and John got shortlisted as runners by Greenoak Community Focus in the Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018. They did us proud, representing Catalyst positively READ MORE

ASB Week – 16th – 20th July 2018

This week we are supporting ASB week in Surrey, aiming to raise awareness about how we get involved. Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of incidents and is dealt with by a number of different agencies, including Catalyst. If ASB is not dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner it can have a READ MORE

Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS

A Happy 70th Birthday to the wonderful NHS. We truly are grateful for all the amazing you have done over the years and continue to do so – the true lifesavers and heroes for our community. We are proud to be part of it, working in partnership with i-access, providing valuable services for drug and READ MORE

GDPR is here!

Catalyst is required to collect and process relevant personal and sensitive personal data regarding its clients, staff, volunteers and trustees as part of the operation of the work it does supporting the wellbeing of people with alcohol, drug and mental health issues. We regard the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as of the READ MORE

Help and Support

If you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. Consider talking to a professional if: Your distress leads to dangerous thoughts or behaviour, such as considering suicide or physically harming your body. If you are having suicidal thoughts call the Samaritans on 116 123. If you have READ MORE

Coping with stress – Top 10 tips

Too much stress, or prolonged stress can affect our physical and mental health. Taking steps to cope with situations we find stressful is important – here are 10 tips on how to manage stress: 1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE STRESS – Start dealing with stress by acknowledging that you are currently experiencing it. This may seem oversimplified, READ MORE

Most common causes of stress

Stress has many different causes, which can vary from person to person. Some individuals get stressed easily while others need several different stressful events before they begin to feel the physical or psychological effects. Here are some of the most common causes of stress: Childhood trauma Death of a loved one Divorce Finances Job Health READ MORE

The effects of stress – are you coping?

Stress symptoms can affect your body and your physical health as well as your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and emotional health. If left unchecked stress can contribute to health problems physically and mentally. Here are a few examples: Physical Headache Muscle tension or pain Chest pain Fatigue Change in sex drive Stomach upset Sleep problems Mood READ MORE