Mental wellbeing is a vital part of your life just as physical health is. It is a crucial resource for you to handle everyday life and is not merely the absence of mental health problems. In fact, a person with a diagnosed mental health problem can have positive mental wellbeing with the right support.
Mental wellbeing does not stay the same as circumstances change and you move through life. There are many influences on your wellbeing, for example work pressures, bereavement, drug and alcohol and physical illness and many more.
There are many ways to improve your mental wellbeing:
With the people around us - 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 you in many aspects of your life.
Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discovering a physical activity that suits your level of mobility and fitness can be very rewarding. It could help with sleep problems and enhance your mood.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a taster course with Community Learning. Try something new. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge and enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group, linking and working with the wider community can be incredibly satisfying and creates connections with interesting people who can inspire you. (Bracknell Forest Volunteer Bureau)
The Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action leaflet contains details and information about a wide range of activities for the 50+ at many community venues in Bracknell Forest area, for example churches, community centres, day centres, libraries, IT access learning venues, other activities and clubs.
Your GP - they can offer you advice and treatments to improve your mental health.
Berkshire Healthcare – Talking Therapies Service
Offers help for common mental health problems - mild to moderate and moderate to severe, anxiety, depression, stress and phobias. The service also runs regular stress control sessions for the general public locally. Tel: 0300 365 2000
Bracknell Forest Books on Prescription
Books on Prescription scheme is being run by Bracknell library in conjunction with GP practices to help people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders to find out more and develop strategies to manage the conditions. Tel: 01344 423149
Cruse bereavement service
Cruse help with support, counselling, education, advice and information on bereavement issues. Counsellors available by phone on 01344 411919 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts
Support callers of Bracknell and surrounding areas. Telephone helpline operating 24 hours a day offering emotional support for people in crisis.
01344 455556 (Bracknell)
08457 909090 (UK)