Mental health information and advice
When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital.
For up to date mental health information and advice visit Mind.
Our Wellbeing Services
Our current wellbeing groups and services are listed under the headings Active, Community and Creative Minds.
We provide recovery focused services and activities throughout the County. We work with people to support them in achieving their goals and engaging in their local communities.
Active Minds – There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.
We offer activity focused and outdoor groups such as gardening and walking.
Community Minds – Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and helps tackle social isolation.
We offer groups such as Community cafes and radio show workshops, these help build links with local communities.
Creative Minds – We know lots of people find being creative really helps their mental health and wellbeing. Creativity can help relieve stress and improve mood. Nourishing our natural creativity can help build and protect resilience and speed up recovery.
We offer creative focused groups such as art, creative writing and music groups.
Five ways to wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental health. We try to incorporate these 5 ways to wellbeing when planning and developing our services.
The following steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Connect with your family, friends, the people around you. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercising makes you feel good. Step outside, take a walk, find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your life.
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Be curious, savour the moment. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Try something new, learning new things will increase confidence as well as being fun.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Do something nice for a friend or stranger, smile, thank someone, volunteer your time. Look out as well as in.