Five Ways to Wellbeing
IT’S AS EASY AS 1,2,3…4,5!
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week,
a new three-year campaign called Five Ways to
Wellbeing launched on 11th May.
The project highlights actions that can be
taken to make a positive difference to people’s feelings of overall
happiness and wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
Connect – With the people
around you; with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Be Active – Discover a
physical activity you enjoy that suits your level of mobility and
Take Notice – Be curious. Be
aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.
Keep Learning – Try something
new. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.
Give – Do something nice for
a friend, or a stranger. Join a community group. Carry out a random
act of kindness.
Public Health’s Five Ways to
Wellbeing campaign is being supported by Bedford Borough
Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Clinical
Commissioning Group (BCCG), and the new mental health services
provider in Bedfordshire, the East London NHS Foundation Trust
(ELFT). Extensive social media across all organisations will
take place on this topic throughout Mental Health Awareness Week
from 11-17 May.
The campaign forms part of a wider joint
wellbeing strategy between the four organisations.
Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health said:
“These five actions will contribute to and boost feelings of
wellbeing. Being aware and combining all five actions will provide
a rounded contribution to feeling good and functioning well.”
Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Lead, at Bedfordshire
Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Improving our own mental
wellbeing is very important for all of us and I am very pleased
that we have been able to work on a local version of the Five Ways
to Wellbeing campaign for people living and working in
Bedfordshire. Trying out the different suggestions has been proven
to help people feel happier and more positive."
The Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing
Service (provided by the ELFT) is offering talking therapy
for individuals 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.