Looking after your mental wellbeing is as important as looking after your physical health, and helps you feel fulfilled and positive about life. NHS Live Well recommends five steps to improve mental wellbeing, which are:
- Connect – connect with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing your relationships
- Be active – take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy, and make it a part of your life
- Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence
- Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Activities such as volunteering in your community can also improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks
- Take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges
You can access an online resource to help people overcome stress, low mood and anxiety through low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).A wide range of free online courses are available for people aged 18+ including family carers of children or young people suffering with chronic illness, expectant mothers, those with new babies or toddlers, those working in the farming community, people living with a long-term health condition, those living with chronic pain and individuals who have just left prison or who have become homeless.
The courses offer instant access to an evidence-based effective treatment and there is also an option for users to receive additional telephone support from the Wellbeing Suffolk service and more intensive treatment if required. This new, direct linkage, between Living Life to the Full and the Wellbeing Suffolk service is an innovation developed for the NHS in Suffolk. Anyone who is experiencing panic can press the online 'panic button' to instantly gain access to resources that will help them; and anyone with suicidal thoughts can immediately click on an award-winning resource to help them combat those thoughts. The Living Life To The Full (LLTTF) website can be accessed at this site
The NHS offers advice and resources for support here
Silverline is a free confidential helpline for older people - dial 0800 4708090
Suffolk County Council runs an emotional wellbeing hub for children and young people - read more here
Wellbeing Suffolk provides a range of support for people with mental health and emotional issues - click here
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk - see their website here.