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Mental Health Week

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS = HEALTHY MIND

 

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday16th - Sunday 22nd May, and this year’s theme is relationships and the importance of creating healthy connections with people as part of our mental health and wellbeing.

 

Taking time to focus on the quality of our relationships with friends, family and colleagues, can be just as important to our health and wellbeing as eating well or exercising more.

 

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Having a network of social connections has been shown to increase our immunity to infection, lower our risk of heart disease and reduce mental decline as we get older. If you spend time around positive and supportive people you are more likely to have a better self-image, be more confident and feel able to face difficult times”.

 

People are being encouraged to support this year’s campaign by making a ‘relationship resolution’ and connecting and nurturing a relationship that matters to them by:

 

·         ‘Taking five’ with a colleague over a cup of coffee or tea

·         Actively listening for half an hour to a family member or friend

·         Getting in touch with a former colleague/friend/family member

·         Gardening with a friend/family member

 

This Mental Health Awareness Week leaflet gives more information on relationships and mental health. You may also like take another look at the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign about everyday things you can do to help your feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

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