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Mental health and well-being

Mental health problems are a very common part of life, one in four people Mental Healthwill experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and at any given time one in six people will be experiencing a mental health problem which may affect their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Mental health is important to everyone, there are times when everyone feels down, stressed or frightened but most of the time these feelings will pass. However, sometimes these feelings can develop into more serious problems.

Six ways to wellbeing

The Six Ways to Wellbeing. Simple enjoyable things that make a big difference to how you feel. Now and in the weeks and months to come.

The Six Ways to Wellbeing can be quick things, like giving way to another driver ("give") or noticing something unusual on the way to the shops ("take notice"). Or they can be longer-term projects, like starting a new hobby ("keep learning") or becoming a volunteer ("give" and "care").

The Six Ways  – connect, be active, keep learning, give, take notice and care - over a range of actions and activities. More and more research shows that they help to improve our moods, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives.

There are more examples about different Ways to Wellbeing below and at www.sixwaystowellbeing.org.uk

You can also share your wellbeing tips on Facebook. We'd love to hear from you at www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent

Here are some examples of different Ways to Wellbeing. Please add your own!

Connect
  • Sit with the family to eat a meal together.
  • Say hello to a neighbour.
  • Ask what is selling well when you buy something in the local shop.
Be Active
  • Do a good spring clean.
  • Put on your favourite song and dance to it.
  • Organise an informal sports session for work colleagues or neighbours.
Take Notice
  • Savour the taste of your meals.
  • Think about your day when you brush your teeth; recognise what you did well.
  • Notice three unusual things on a journey you make often.
Keep Learning
  • Browse in a charity shop and look at the sections you don't usually look at – CDs, DVDs, books, shoes...
  • Watch an interesting documentary on TV.
  • Ask a friend to teach you a practical skill, like sewing on a button.
Give
  • Contact a charity or community group about volunteering opportunities.
  • Offer your seat to someone who needs it more.
  • Tell someone 'Well done'.
Care: Grow your Planet
  • Switch off phone chargers when you're not using them.
  • Freecycle unwanted belongings. (http://uk.freecycle.org/)
  • Get a "bag for life" and put it by the front door, ready for when you shop.

Share your wellbeing stories. Inspire others on their way to wellbeing.

Live it Well

The Live it Well website has been designed for residents of Kent and Medway, to help you maintain your wellbeing and link you in to what's available to support you locally. As well as ideas that can help everyone stay well; it also has information for people who use mental health services, carers and mental health professionals. Visit the Live it Well website www.liveitwell.org.uk for more information.

Release the Pressure - Don't suffer in silence

"Release the Pressure" is a Kent campaign which aims to reduce the number of suicides by encouraging men feeling under pressure to seek help.

In Kent, suicide is the leading killer of men under 45; in 2014, there were 163 registered suicides of which 128 (79%) were men. The rate of suicide in the county is also higher than the national average.

Meanwhile, less than 20 per cent of people who took their life in Kent were known to secondary mental health services and research shows that men are less likely to ask for help from friends, family or mental health services than women.

The campaign urges people to seek help by calling 0800 107 0160 where support is available from trained and experienced staff on this freephone number 24 hours a day 365 days a year. There is also a website for more details and case studies of men from Kent who have turned their lives around after attempting suicide www.releasethepressure.uk.

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