The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a good way to look after ourselves.
|Connect||Keeping in touch with family and friends, and connecting with your local community are good for your happiness and feelings of self-worth|
|Be active||Being physically active is also good for your mental health. It helps you to relax and feel more positive|
|Take notice||Being present in the moment and noticing what is going on around you can help. The practice of mindfulness is one way to do this and is a proven method to improve mental health|
|Keep learning||Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose and help us connect with others|
|Give||Small acts of kindness towards other people or volunteering in your community can give you a sense of purpose, can make you feel happier and increase feelings of fulfilment|
However, sometimes we need extra help.
If you are struggling with your mental health, you may wish to talk to your doctor, a counsellor or a therapist, who are trained to support you. Your doctor may prescribe some pills or refer you for talking therapy (see below), or they may recommend you self-refer to the Wellbeing Service.
Three common mental health treatments are:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave
- Counselling – a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues
- Mindfulness – an approach that involves staying in the present moment, which can help people to manage stress, anxiety and depression
Find out more about support for mental health issues.