Positive Steps for Mental Health

Mental health is about how we think and feel. Many factors affect our mental health - housing, jobs, schools, transport, the environment - as well as the way we live our lives. Doing something positive can make all the difference to our mental health.

At times, we can all feel stressed, anxious, worried or afraid. We may also have experiences that are difficult to cope with, such as unemployment or the end of a relationship. Being bullied, sexual or racial harassment, experiencing discrimination because of mental ill health, not having a voice because we are too young, too old, or simply different, can all have a negative impact on our mental health. Everyone could do with boosting their well being. Why not try some easy steps to help improve your mental health and well being.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health lists positive steps that anyone can do to help improve their mental health and well being:

Accepting Ourselves
Our beliefs, culture, religion, sexuality and background make us who we are. We are entitled to respect.

Accepting Others
We sometimes feel afraid of people who we think are different. We are more alike than different. Accepting others helps us to feel better. Everyone has something to offer.

Talking About It
Sometimes we can feel isolated and overwhelmed by our problems - it can help to share those feelings with others - e.g. friends, family, colleagues, appropriate professional or volunteer.

Being a Good Listener
Good listening is a skill. Just talking about things can help someone work things out. Try to avoid making judgements and offering too much advice on what they should or could do.

Keeping in Touch with Friends
Friends are important, especially at difficult times. Be there, and our friends will be there for us too.

Getting Involved
Meeting new people and getting involved in things can help us feel valued and make a difference to others too. Joining a club or volunteering can be very rewarding.

Drinking in Moderation
Drinking alcohol to deal with problems will only make things worse. It's best to drink in moderation and avoid binges.

Taking Care with Drugs
Drugs can trigger mental health problems. If you have a drug problem, talk to someone about it.

For more information on positive steps for mental health, visit the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

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