With World Mental Health Day taking place on 10 October, Knowsley’s Public health team is advising people of simple steps they can take to promote positive mental wellbeing.
A national review of the latest mental health evidence has led to the development of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’, small steps that can lead to improvements in people’s mental health. The five ways are summarised below:-
- Connecting with the people around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours – which can make a big difference. Building and developing positive relationships with people can help to enrich you each day.
- Get active - exercise not only increases your physical strength, it also plays a crucial role in positive mental health. Whether it’s going for a walk, jog or playing a sport you enjoy, any type of physical activity releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel good and lift your mood.
- Taking more notice of your surroundings is a further way of strengthening mental health. Whether it’s the beauty in nature, the pleasant breeze of fresh air or the joy in music – being curious and savouring the moment can help you think of things in a more positive light.
- Keep learning -perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, sign up to a computer course or rediscover an old hobby. Trying something new can help you become more confident whilst having fun.
- Give something back - tell someone how much you appreciate them, join a voluntary group or do something nice for a friend. This can be incredibly rewarding and will help you feel more positive as you make a difference to others.
As well as promoting the five ways to wellbeing, Knowsley’s Public Health team is working with the National Wildflower Centre to deliver a wellbeing project to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.
The Great Outdoors programme focuses on nature and physical activity through encouraging people to help improve local green spaces and going on regular walks through the countryside. Residents can also develop new skills, learn about healthy eating and take part in creative nature activities through the programme. The organisers also run family-focused events during the school holidays including bushcraft, archery, crafts and gardening.For more information on the programme, please contact Annick on 0151 738 1913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said, “Raising awareness of mental health
issues and helping our residents to access the support available is a key
priority for us. We are addressing this through a number of initiatives,
including supporting World Mental Health Day. I would encourage our residents to
follow the five ways to wellbeing, and to take advantage of programmes like The