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12 May 2015
Five Ways to Wellbeing is a campaign of actions that people can take to make a positive difference to their feelings of overall happiness and wellbeing. The three year campaign is being launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.
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 fitness.
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).
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 www.mind.org.uk . Alternatively, for a chat about anything that may be troubling you, contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.