Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 runs from 18 to 24 May and this years theme is kindness matters.
Throughout the week we’ll be busy on social media bringing you information about how you can take steps to look after your mental health and how to improve your wellbeing.
Healthworks Community Health Trainers can help you improve your wellbeing by helping you plan a routine, suggest tools to be more mindful and relax, and to be a listening ear to help you off load.
We offer 121 support and to find out more you can contact us via our online form.
There are lots of things you can do to help your own wellbeing
- Make time for yourself
- Eat healthily
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise
- Take time to do things you enjoy
- Spend time and stay connected to friends and family
- Talk about your problems with people you trust
- Don’t ignore how you’re feeling
The Samaritans website has a really useful “Practical ways to help yourself cope” guide with lots of useful information including easy relaxation exercises.
Try controlled breathing
This can be a useful tool for feeling calmer quickly and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. We love this video as it demonstrates a technique that is easy to memorise and can be practised almost anywhere!
If you’ve stopped doing things you usually love, you’re tearful, not eating or sleeping properly, drifting from people close to you, taking alcohol or drugs to cope or self-harming, then talk to an organisation such as The Samaritans, one of these NHS identified mental health helplines (you can also contact these if you are worried about someone else) or to someone you trust.
Visit our Improving Wellbeing page which has lots of information, tips, resources and ideas to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing.