Five ways to mental wellbeing

Further information

  • Become a volunteer peer educator
  • The Lived Experience Project
  • Mental Health First Aid Training

Small improvements in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and assist in overall wellbeing.

Here are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing - a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing developed by the New Economics Foundation.


Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, Uni or in your local community. Think of these people as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.

Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you to appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. 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 you will 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. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.