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Mental Wellbeing

What is mental wellbeing?

'Good or positive mental health is more than the absence or management of mental health problems; it is the foundation for wellbeing and effective functioning both for individuals and for their communities.'

(Taken from  - No Health Without Mental Health: A cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. DH 2011.)

How can I look after my mental wellbeing?

You can take your own ‘positive steps’ to promote and protect your mental health. These steps typically provide a foundation for everyone’s mental health. If you look down this page, we have listed ways that you can take these steps for yourself. We have also included links to local information that can help you.


Keep physically active

Taking some regular exercise is a great way to look after your mental wellbeing. If you feel that it's difficult to get started, take a look at the Physical Activity pages on this website (click here). You can search for local activities and - best of all - some of them are free or very low cost! You don't have to be super-fit to join in - there are activities for everybody no matter what age or level of fitness.

There is more information about countywide activities you can join on the Active Derbyshire website too.

If you are struggling with your weight and have a BMI of 30 or above you can be referred to the "New to Exercise" scheme. Please ask your GP about this.

Eat well

Aiming to eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day is a great way to eat more healthily and this will help support your mental wellbeing. For more information take a look on the Live Well pages and Change4Life have some good ideas too.


There is further useful information, including recipes, on the Mental Health Foundation website here.


Alcohol and your wellbeing

The good news is there's no need to stop drinking altogether. What you should do is be aware of the guidelines for safer drinking which can be found on the Change4Life website here.

Drinking in moderation and allowing at least two alcohol free days each week can really help.

Talk about your feelings

It’s good to talk about your feelings. To find out more about mental health take a look at the NHS Choices page here.

If you are feeling depressed and/or anxious you may find talking therapies help you to cope. Visit your GP to find out more and ask if this would be the service for you.


Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

One in four people will experience depression or anxiety at some point of their lives but help is available for people whose daily lives are affected. IAPT services are psychological therapy services tailored to people's needs and include talking therapies, group approaches and self-help support for people who experience anxiety and depression.

For more information click here.

Keep in touch with friends and loved ones

Joining clubs and networks helps you make friends and feel part of your community. Look at the Derbyshire Directory for ideas. There's certain to be something that interests you.

It's worth keeping an eye on the News & Events pages on this website for updates on events in South Derbyshire - there's probably more going on than you realise!

Care for others

Sending cards, checking on family and friends, arranging a trip out for someone else can all show you care. If you are a carer already you can find more information here.

Derbyshire Carers can also offer support and a friendly ear if you are caring for somebody.


Social prescribing

South Derbyshire Council for voluntary Services provides access into local opportunities for people with low level mental ill health. Things such as befriending, social interaction, physical activity, learning and education.

Get involved and make a contribution

Volunteering is a great way to get involved and make a contribution. There may be local groups that you can get involved with.

In Swadlincote you can contact the Volunteer Centre at South Derbyshire CVS to find out how you could get involved. Their contact details are on the website here and they support people and organisations across the whole of South Derbyshire.

Learn new skills

The Derbyshire Adult Education Service has a range of learning opportunities and it’s a great way to make new friends. Visit here for more information.

Do something creative

Take a look at the Arts Derbyshire website where you’ll find everything to do with arts: clubs, groups, exhibitions. There is even a section that focuses on arts, health and wellbeing.

Take a break

This may be a holiday, short break, day out or walk in the park. Take time out to relax - it can make a big difference to how you feel.

Ask for help

If you have done all these things and are still feeling depressed and anxious then please discuss your feelings with your local health professional. Continue with all these steps as it will aid your recovery, alongside any support that is suggested by your GP.

You can find more help and advice on the Mental Health Foundation pages

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, events and  information on qualified counsellors or psychotherapists in your local area.

Visit the Counselling Directory website (opens in a new window)

International Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, which is supported by the United Nations (UN), is annually held on October 10 to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. This event promotes open discussions on illnesses, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services. There is a different theme for each year.

Mental Health Awareness Week

it is held in May each year and for more information Click Here.

5 Ways to Well Being

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. To learn more, click here to visit the "5 ways to Well Being" web page.


Derbyshire County Council Public Health

For a better idea of what Derbyshire Council can offer in ways of support and help. Please click here


Here are some online resources that you may find useful to promote mental wellbeing:

This "10 steps to Wellbeing" poster, is great to print off and display at your workplace, a daily reminder to keep you mentally well.

You can order lots of resources free of charge at the Time to Change website, just click on this link. The Time to Change website includes lots of tips and tools on how to talk about mental health.

Information prescriptions are free leaflets that makes it possible for you, a family member, friend or carer to request information about long term conditions when you need it. Click this link to find the resource most relevant to you.

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