May 2018: Mental Wellbeing

We all have physical health and we all have mental health, and each will vary from time to time. It is important that we take care of both to promote our overall wellbeing. Good wellbeing is associated with improved educational attainment, better physical health, a greater ability to deal with life’s problems as well as a reduced risk of developing mental illness.
There are five main areas that are key to promoting and maintaining wellbeing:

  1. connect
  2. be active
  3. take notice
  4. keep learning
  5. give

Connect with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstone of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Services: youth centres, day centres
Kingston Council: 020 8547 5000
Staywell: 020 8547 3258 
Welcare 020 8546 3258 

Be active
Go for a walk or run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, spend time in the garden, go dancing. Exercising makes you feel good. More importantly discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take notice
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual and notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning
Try something new. Sign up for that course, take on a different responsibility at work or fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Kingston Adult Education
University of the third age

Do something nice for a friend, or stranger. Thank someone, smile or volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Go Kingston volunteering
Kingston Voluntary Action

Would you like to help someone with mental health problems? A Mental Health First Aid course will teach you to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem in adults and young people, and give you the confidence and knowledge to help yourself and others. Courses are free to people living, working or studying in Kingston.
To book your place, call the Healthy Lifestyle helpline on 0800 028 8694 or 020 8547 6815 or email [email protected]


Other ideas
The Good Energy Club
The Good Energy Club is a programme for adults 18 years and over with mental health needs. The aim of the programme is to increase levels of physical activity to improve health and wellbeing through a varied programme of easy and fun exercise options such as dance, yoga and walking. All activities are free or low cost and are held at various times for your convenience.
Don’t worry if you are new to exercise or just getting back into it, as the programme is supported by volunteers and buddies to help you get underway, assist you with any concerns and support you throughout.
To join the Good Energy Club or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer to provide support to those with mental health needs, call Lesley on 020 8546 6713 or 07772 920416 or email [email protected]

Good Energy Club timetable                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good Energy Club referal form 

Library Services
Kingston libraries and Mind in Kingston have created a collection of 150 self help books for adults and young people which aim to help people with mild to moderate mental health problems learn more about their conditions and provide steps to overcoming their symptoms and regaining their lives.
The collection at Kingston Library has been put together by Mind in Kingston using the national initiative, Books on Prescription, and is freely available to reserve and borrow by anyone through the borough libraries.
Find your nearest library.

Families Connect
Would you like support or advice to help you cope with being a parent and your own mental health problems?
Are you are feeling isolated, stressed and alone, and need someone to talk to? Would you like your children to get some help to understand your condition?
Families connect is here to help, just contact Welcare. You can call 020 8546 3258 or email [email protected]

English for Health Club
Would you like to have fun, meet people and learn some English? Learn English at Home (LEAH) provide some great social opportunities to build your confidence with English and be healthy at the same time.
The ‘English for Health Club’ meets every week during term time. The sessions include fun exercise classes, health information sessions and support in a relaxing and friendly setting where you can meet new people.
‘Walkers and Talkers’ is a weekly walking and talking English club, a great way to make friends, get active and above all, practice your English!
Booking is essential and if you have children, a crèche can be provided. If you would like to join the club, take part in fun activities and practice your English, contact the Health Education Coordinator at LEAH by email [email protected] or call 020 8255 6144.