Looking after your mental wellbeing is as important as looking after your physical health, and helps you feel fulfilled and positive about life. NHS Choices 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.
Silverline is a free confidential helpline for older people - dial 0800 4708090
The Suffolk Wellbeing Service offers a range of support to help you improve your wellbeing and deal with stress, anxiety and depression. These include stress control and wellbeing workshops, telephone therapies, group support and short-term counselling. The service is free if you live in Suffolk and open to anyone over the age of 13. You can self-refer via their website 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.