Five Ways to improve wellbeing
21/11/2014A conference for health and social care professionals, local councils and the community and voluntary sector involved in promoting positive mental health projects across Northern Ireland has heard that five simple actions can improve wellbeing in everyday life. The event was organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Bamford Regional Working Group for suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
Speaking at the event at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is a simple but effective message to promoting positive mental health. To Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give are easily achievable and relevant to everyone regardless of their circumstances.
“We are all acutely aware of the impact that poor mental health can have on individuals, families and the wider community. The Southern Trust is taking the lead in developing the 5 Ways to Wellbeing further through the WRAP self-management plan and the recovery journey, Men’s Shed project, Cycle for Health scheme and our focus on creating volunteer opportunities.”
Nic Marks, who founded the Centre for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation and produced the Five Ways to Wellbeing with colleagues, explains: “The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed for the Government Office of Science’s Foresight programme and are all evidence-based. Scientific research suggests that people’s sense of wellbeing is enhanced when we have good relationships with other people, are physically active, are engaged in the world learning new things and are being generous to others.”
Mary Black, Assistant Director of Public Health at the Public Health Agency, adds: “The Public Health Agency promotes a culture of prioritising our mental health as much as our physical health. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a great example of how we can make small changes in our everyday life with maximum effect. This event has allowed us to showcase some of the excellent work that is going on at a local and regional level. The conference focused on the need to build a consistent approach across the region in order to have greatest impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing.”
Click www.southerntrust.hscni.net/pdf/5WaysToWellbeing.pdf for the 5 Ways to Wellbeing leaflet
At the event are (back row) Amanda O Carroll, Health and Social Wellbeing Officer, PHA; Deirdre McParland Senior Health Promotion Officer for Mental Health, Southern Trust; (middle row) Lynne Smart, Head of Health Improvement, Southern Trust; Nic Marks, Founder of Happiness Works; Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive, Southern Trust; Gerard Rocks, Assistant Director of Promoting Wellbeing; Southern Trust; Nuala Quinn, Protect Life Coordinator, Southern Trust (front row) Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing, PHA Southern Office; and Mary Black, Assistant Director of Public Health, PHA