If everybody took 5 minutes of their day to think about the 5 things they could do to achieve better mental health they would reap immeasurable dividends. Securicare are promoting the message as part of Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 16-22 May

Mental Health HelpThe Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing are:

1. Connect: Send a text, meet up for a coffee or pick up your phone. Take time to make a new friend, or focus on making a little more effort with the friends and family who are already in your life. 

2. Be active: Dance around your house, join a sports group or get away from your desk at lunch time. Anything that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and makes you feel warmer counts.

3. Take notice: Visit your local park, sit in your garden or take up mindfulness. Take time out to stop, take notice and focus on something else to enjoy and feel calm about the space around you.  

4. Learn: Sign up to a course, find a recipe book or watch an instructional video on YouTube. Try something new by taking up a new hobby, set an enjoyable challenge or leaning a new skill. 

5. Give: Feel good about yourself by doing something for someone else. Support a friend by doing something nice for them, volunteer for a community group or help out a stranger.

Paul Rees, a longstanding Mental Health Nurse, and senior trainer for Connective and SecuriCare says, "We know that our bodies will suffer if we don't look after them, so every day we take action to promote our physical health and prevent problems. It is no different for our minds. Simply taking the time to manage daily stress and focus on positives can produce enormous wellbeing benefits.."

“In terms of service provision for individuals who are actually experiencing mental health difficulties education is key. To support someone effectively a staff member needs to understand what is happening, what is likely to help and crucially what isn’t..”

Securicare offer a range of courses including ‘An introduction to Mental Health’, ‘Working with Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder’ and ‘Working with Schizophrenia’.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442