Looking after your mental health
Throughout life, we all have experiences of good and poor mental health. When we are feeling in good mental health, there are steps we can take to try to maintain this.
Five steps to good mental health:
Evidence shows that good relationships are important for our mental wellbeing. Try to spend time with friends and family. This isn’t always easy if you don’t get along with your family or have been isolated from friends but you may be able to meet new people and build new relationships.
Find local opportunities to connect to your community here. Filter the results using your postcode.
Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing. Even with limited mobility, there is often something we can do to be more active.
Stay Strong, Stay Steady sessions are special classes which help to reduce falls and improve balance, strength and confidence
Keeping active can help you to improve your sleep. If you’re struggling with this, download this free guide to help you to get a better night’s sleep.
Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.
Research shows that learning throughout life is associated with greater satisfaction and optimism, and improved ability to get the most from life.
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness, small and large, are associated with positive mental wellbeing. You may like to do this through volunteering or by joining our Good Neighbourhood scheme etc.
Try out the Five Ways to Wellbeing app which offers a practical way to help you feel good about yourself and function well.
The Little Book of Mental Health contains useful tips, advice and information to help you manage your emotional wellbeing.
NHS Choices has a list of mental health helplines that you may also find useful
If you are concerned about your mental health, you should consult your doctor
If you feel worried about your mental health or are considering taking your own life, you can call your GP surgery and arrange to speak to someone immediately, or alternatively the Samaritans offer completely confidential emotional support 24 hours per day. Phone 116 123 for free or email firstname.lastname@example.org