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.



Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important. Talking about how we are feeling, or just having a catch up can be really helpful. You can stay connected via email, social media, video calling or telephone. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

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.

Connect MK

 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

Some local services you might find useful

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Links to find out about connecting

NHS Choices - connect for mental wellbeing


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.

Last Updated: 3 May 2022