5 Ways to Wellbeing MK

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

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With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

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Evidence shows that good relationships with family, friends and our wider communities are important for our mental wellbeing and that happy people have stronger social relationships than less happy people – this may be because social networks promote a sense of belonging and wellbeing. There's also evidence that being around people with strong mental wellbeing can improve your own mental wellbeing.

 Building relationships for wellbeing means:

  • Strengthening your relationships with people who are close to you, such as family and friends
  • Broadening your relationships in your community and the wider world

Links to find out about connecting

NHS Choices - connect for mental wellbeing

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The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for people over 65 years of age across the UK. Open every day and night of the year it offers information, friendship and advice. It links callers to local groups and services and can offer regular befriending calls.

Age UK is a charity working with older people and offers help, information and advice.

Friends of the Elderly has a telephone befriending service which supports people over 60 years old living in England and Wales. It is ideal for people who live alone with little contact from family or friends. The service helps prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing a regular phone call from a friendly volunteer.

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Some local services you might find useful

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Last Updated: 30 May 2017