Wellbeing and Disease Prevention

Mental Wellbeing

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LOCAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING – A GOOD PLACE TO START

The “five ways to wellbeing” are a common approach to improving mental wellbeing, including simple steps we probably should all consider to improve our mental health. They can significantly help those across the whole spectrum of mental health from people who just want to be more content with their life to those who are going through an episode of depression or anxiety. The first section is about how you can adopt the 5 ways to wellbeing using local support. This is followed by a section supporting adult mental wellbeing. There is also support for children and families.

FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING

Buckinghamshire Mind give some very simple ideas Buckinghamshire Mind – Five Ways To Wellbeing  which are worth reading first. These steps do not require anything complicated but if you want some more ideas which you can apply locally then below the 5 steps are expanded to include ideas to help within Buckinghamshire.

1. CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE

From Buckinghamshire Council
The Buckinghamshire online directory is a great resource which gives a list with contact details for many activities in Buckinghamshire, which includes something for all people, catering for different interests, ages and locations. All you do is put you post code into the search box and it lists activities, starting with those closest to you Find activities, groups and services near you | Buckinghamshire Council.

From Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies
A group course on “Building Self Esteem” which will help with social interactions (available to anyone over 18) Courses and groups – NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies

Social Wellbeing
For further information on social support (including local support) see under

Find activities, groups and services near you
You will find other searchable websites not covered above for activities and groups across Buckinghamshire under

2. BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE

This does not need to be vigorous but just increasing our physical activity from our present baseline is a helpful start. However, if you want further ideas locally these can be found under

3. LEARN NEW SKILLS

This does not need to be anything too challenging but ideas include learning to cook something new, a DIY project, starting a hobby, or undertaking a course. There is support locally for a range of learning activities which can be found under

This includes the Bucks online directory which can be a good place to start looking for learning opportunities close to you.

4. GIVE TO OTHERS

This does not need to be dramatic actions but includes simple acts of generosity such as helping friends and family out. If you do want to do more than simple actions there are many local opportunities for volunteering including:

From Community Impact Bucks
I want to volunteer I Want to Volunteer – Community Impact Bucks

There is more information on volunteering under:

5. PAY ATTENTION TO THE PRESENT MOMENT (MINDFULNESS)

From the NHS 
Mindfulness  Mindfulness – NHS

SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

From Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies
From the NHS psychological service in Buckinghamshire (available to anyone over 18)
If simple steps are not helping they provide a variety of courses to support people to manage low mood, stress and anxiety, and also to build self-esteem Courses and groups – NHS Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies

From Buckinghamshire Mind
Support groups include

SOCIAL AND FUN ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

From Oxford Health CAMHS
Supporting your wellbeing (for children and young people up to 18) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service My wellbeing | Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

From the Family Information Service
Things to do (for families which will help meet the 5 steps to wellbeing) Things to do | Family Information Service

Public health Buckinghamshire

From Buckinghamshire council
Mental health and wellbeing Where can I go for support

Mental wellbeing in various areas of life

Our mental wellbeing can on occasions be impacted by various areas of our life. There is good local support to improve mental wellbeing in various areas of life, including with school, work, finances, relationships and more. Links to support these other areas of life have been included below:

Other areas of life

Support for areas of life including:

Support for people

There is good evidence that improving our physical and social wellbeing together can significantly help:

NATIONAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL COURSE AND LINKS TO NATIONAL HELPLINES

From Living Life to the Full
Living Life to the Full for Adults: “Learn how to sort out your feelings when you feel low, worried or hopeless and learn skills that tackle problems in your life”. Free course based around cognitive behavioural therapy Free self-help resources | Living Life to the Full | Self Help Resources | Online CBT

National helplines

There are many national helplines supporting mental health see under

FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

HAPPINESS – some simple steps

There are a lot of good ideas on making yourself happier included in this section. Sometimes it is easiest to start with the simplest ideas. The straightforward article from psychology today eloquently touches on this including finding “purpose”, appreciating and been grateful for some of the “simple pleasures of life”, not placing expectations on yourself of “material” gains and taking a “positive” approach.

From Psychology Today
What Is Happiness? Happiness | Psychology Today United Kingdom

From Positive Psychology
Includes some of the evidence about happiness and ideas on “How to Train Your Brain for Happiness” The Science of Happiness in Positive Psychology 101

From the NHS, Buckinghamshire Mind and Oxford Health CAMHS – Five ways to wellbeing
The “five ways to wellbeing” are a common approach to improving mental wellbeing, including simple steps we probably should all consider to improve our mental health. They can significantly help those across the whole spectrum of mental health from people who just want to be more content with their life to those who are going through an episode of depression or anxiety.

Other Mental Wellbeing tips

From the NHS
Top tips to improve your mental wellbeing Top tips to improve your mental wellbeing – Every Mind Matters – NHS.

From Every Mind Matters
Mental wellbeing tips Mental wellbeing tips – Every Mind Matters – NHS

The impact of kindness

From the Mental Health Foundation
Looking after your mental health Looking after your mental health | Mental Health Foundation
“People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.”
Kindness Matters guide Kindness Matters guide | Mental Health Foundation

SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON HOW TO BE HAPPIER:

From the NHS
How to be happier How to be happier – NHS

Most people feel stressed sometime, understanding this is common, the symptoms of stress and how to manage stress can be helpful:

From the Royal College of Psychiatrists 

From Living Life to the Full
Some Practical ideas: “Things You Can Do to Feel Happier Straight Away” Things You Can Do to Feel Happier Straight Away | Living Life to the Full

Changes in physical symptoms, mental symptoms and behaviours

The NHS website describes how your feelings and symptoms can change with different mental health problems including with

These articles suggest simple steps you can take and where to get NHS help.

other mental health support

Other mental health conditions are covered in more detail (including self-referral to local support) under

For adults:

For children and young people:

Anxiety and depression

If your mental health symptoms are not improving there is further support found under:

Videos and podcasts

On the videos and podcasts page there are links to some relevant videos and podcasts covering the topic of mental wellbeing.

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