‘KEEP LEARNING’ and pick up one of your
5-a-day for wellbeing
This month the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign is focusing on
‘Keep Learning’. ‘Keep Learning’ to boost feelings
of happiness and wellbeing and ward off depression and anxiety;
that’s the message from Bedford Borough Council and its partners as
they support the local Five Ways to Wellbeing health
People can ‘Keep Learning’ by trying something new, learning to
play a musical instrument, developing a skill or even learning to
cook a new dish, these are all easy ways to improve our wellbeing
and quality of life.
Other ways to ‘Keep Learning’ are offered through Bedford
Borough’s libraries. Healthwatch Bedford Borough has been working
with Bedford Central Library on the "Books on Prescription" scheme.
The national scheme is designed to help manage mental
wellbeing using cognitive behavioural therapy-based self-help
books, written and selected by mental wellbeing experts.
All this, and more, can be found via the Council’s website at
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at
Bedford Borough Council said: “It’s easy to assume that learning
ends when we leave school or college, but it shouldn’t stop when we
reach adulthood. We are surrounded by opportunities to keep
learning, and this gives us the knowledge, skills and confidence to
achieve our goals. We are never too old to learn, and as we get
older keeping an active mind is just as vital for our health and
wellbeing as staying physically active.”
The monthly Five Ways to Wellbeing themes are:
- Connect – with the people around you,
family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
- Be Active – by discovering a physical
activity you enjoy that suits your level of mobility and
- Take Notice – by being curious and being
aware of the world around you and what you are feeling
- Keep Learning – by trying something new
and setting a challenge you will enjoy achieving
- Give – by doing something nice for a
friend or a stranger, joining a community group or simple carrying
out a random act of kindness, for example.
The Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing
Service offers talking therapy for people who experience
problems such as depression, anxiety, sadness, anger, extreme
shyness, obsessive behaviour, phobias or relationship difficulties
which may be holding them back in their lives. People can contact
their GP about accessing the service or call 01582
If you would like more information about
mental health issues, go to http://www.mind.org.uk/ .
Alternatively, for a chat about anything that may be troubling you,
contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.
More information about the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be found
at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ (then
search for ‘Happiness and Wellbeing’).