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Five Ways to Wellbeing

What is Mental Wellbeing?

Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says that when we talk about mental wellbeing, we mean more than just happiness.  “It’s useful to start with the idea that overall wellbeing involves both the mind and the body.  And we know that physical and mental wellbeing are closely related.  “Feelings of contentment , enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing.  Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too.

Where do Five Ways to Wellbeing come from?

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a wellbeing equivalent of ‘five fruit and vegetables a day’.  These are based upon the New Economics Foundation (2008) review of the most  up to date evidence of individual actions that promote wellbeing.

How Five Ways to Wellbeing can help?

  • For individuals, the ‘Five Ways’ can help them to identify what is important to their own wellbeing and discover concrete ways of building positive actions into their daily lives.
  • For those working within communities, the ‘Five Ways’ can be used as a basis for planning programmes and activities that support wellbeing.
  • The ‘Five Ways’ can also be used within organisations to support employee wellbeing initiatives and as part of staff training and induction.

The above actions are shown by research to improve people’s wellbeing.  They can’t change our circumstances but by building them into our everyday lives they can help us to feel better, no matter what our starting point.  The New Economics Foundation were commissioned by the government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capita and Wellbeing to review evidence on improving Wellbeing in research studies from around the world. 

 click here for their report on Five Ways to Wellbeing.


Watch The Samaritans' "U Can Cope" Video

U Can Cope features compelling stories of surviving suicidal thoughts, with commentaries from Dr Alys Cole- King, a leading clinician in the field, and Professor Stephen Platt, an eminent academic in this area.

Open Minds Alliance CIC, Samaritans, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy are leading the U Can Cope campaign to support and promote the World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on the 10th of September.


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