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Keep Learning

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 initiative.

 

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 http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

 

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 fitness
  • 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 393144 direct.

 

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’).

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