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Talking about mental health

Mental Health Awareness Day is on 10 October. This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace.

Slough's mental health team would like to invite residents to attend a special event to mark the day. Join the mental health team and guests from 11am - 4pm at The Curve, where there will be different stalls related to mental health.

Visit the website for more information on mental health awareness day

The council’s public health team is sharing the five, evidence based, ways to wellbeing below.

Connect

There is strong evidence that indicates feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different and make a connection, such as:

  • talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is.

Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise. Check out the Active Slough programme for some ideas.

Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.

Learn

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. Why not sign up for a class or read the news or a book?

Give

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

Top tips for mental wellbeing

  •  Talk about your feelings
  • Keep active
  • Eat well
  • Drink sensibly
  • Keep in touch
  • Ask for help
  • Take a break
  • Do something you’re good at
  • Accept who you are
  • Care for others.

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