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Mental health and wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell at any stage of life.

Anyone can be affected by mental health regardless of age, profession, employment status, and so on.  It is everybody’s business and can affect people at different stages of their lives. Certain events may have an impact on our mental wellbeing, the same as it might on our physical health.

The New Economics Foundation considered the evidence around the key factors that help us to stay well and improve our mental wellbeing. The evidence is centred around the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

  1. Keep connected. We all benefit from good relationships. Find ways to meet other people.
  2. Be active look after your physical health.
  3. Take notice and appreciate what you have. Take time to look around you, what do you hear and see? Take a moment to relax and enjoy!
  4. Keep learning make time for your hobbies and interests. Learn something new. Have fun!
  5. Give get involved in your community. Give to others. A smile goes along way!

Reading Well - Books on prescription:

For more self-help ideas and information see the below resources:


There are numerous places to find out what events are happening in your area. In addition to local magazines and media, here are some ideas about where to start looking.

  • For urgent medical attention, go to your nearest A&E Department or call 999
  • Visit your GP
  • Call the NHS 111 service free from a landline or mobile on 111. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Call The Samaritans free on 116 123
  • Call the SANEline national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.

For further support please see our Health Improvement Services Leaflet:

If you are worried about a child:

If you are experiencing domestic violence:

Every Mind Matters

Complete your free online action plan for improved mental health
Together every mind matters

For futher information

Visit the Every Mind Matters website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Wiltshire's joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2014-2021) was developed by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with the overarching aim to create environments and communities by 2021 that will keep well across their lifetime, achieving and sustaining good mental health and wellbeing for all.

The six priority areas within the Wiltshire Strategy reflect those of the National Mental Health Strategy and work towards the three main priority actions within the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Mental health is 'everybody's business', and to ensure that the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Wiltshire residents are met we are committed to working together with individuals, families, employers, educators, communities and the public, private and voluntary sectors. In order to ensure that services commissioned and delivered in Wiltshire meet the needs of the population, anticipate future demand and are accessible to all the Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board was formed. The Board is responsible for monitoring delivery of aims and outcomes within the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and will provide new opportunities for service users and carers to be involved in the design and development of services.

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Last updated: 18 December 2019 | Last reviewed: 18 December 2019