Staying mentally sound and safe

This page gives you advice and links for better mental wellbeing
 

A leaflet with information and advice for when suicide is on your mind or you are worried about someone's wellbeing is available in digital or printed format. Contact Louise.Biddiscombe@suffolk.gov.uk

 

If you have a young person in your life you are concerned about

Is Life Getting Too Much? Feeling overwhelmed or suicidal? - Suicide prevention Z card for young people

Families and professionals can find information, advice and guidance to support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing on the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

Connect - Research suggests that...

  • social networks increase our sense of belonging and wellbeing
  • life goals that are intertwined with a connection to family and friends promotes life satisfaction
  • the happier you are, the stronger your social relationships will be

This easy read how to use Zoom can help to connect with others via video link.

Keep Learning - Research suggests that...

  • learning new things has a positive impact on our mental wellbeing
  • in older people, opportunities to work or learn can help to lift people out of depression
  • setting goals for ourselves is associated with higher levels of wellbeing

 There are a range of online learning resources often with free access.
Try Creative Isolation with links to a range of culture. Or start to learn a language with Duolingo for free.

Be activeResearch suggests that physical activity...

  • reduces stress and helps us sleep better
  • helps us to manage our weight
  • helps keep our heart strong and reduces our blood pressure

Take Notice - Research suggests that...

  • savouring our experiences can help us recognise and restore our life priorities
  • being aware of what's going on in the moment can enhance our sense of wellbeing
  • self-awareness allows us to make choices based on our values and motivations

Give - Research suggests that...

  • volunteering can lead to a greater sense of meaning to our lives, while offering support to others can also reduce mortality rates. Look up Volunteer Suffolk for opportunities during and after the time of COVID-19
  • do something nice for a friend, a neighbour or a family member

How to fall asleep faster and sleep better

We all have evenings when we find it hard to fall asleep or we wake up in the night. You may also find this is happening more often during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, mentally and physically, so it's important to get enough.

The advice you'll find The advice here is a good way to get you thinking about your sleep and what may be stopping you from sleeping well is a good way to get you thinking about your sleep and what may be stopping you from sleeping well. We also have some simple steps you can take to make a change.

 

Coping with bereavement 

During the current coronavirus pandemic, many people are experiencing tragic loss of life under difficult circumstances. It is important to know what support is available in Suffolk. Click It is important to know what support is available in Suffolk