On behalf of Warrington, our Mayor Cllr Maureen Creaghan, sends sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Read the Mayor's full statement.
Mental wellbeing is about how we feel and how well we cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. When we have good mental wellbeing we’re able to:
- Feel relatively confident in ourselves
- Feel and express a range of emotions
- Feel engaged with the world around us
- Live and work productively
- Cope with the stresses of daily life
- Manage times of change and uncertainty
There are simple things we can all do to improve our mental wellbeing, build resilience and feel good about ourselves. Details of local campaigns and initiatives to promote mental wellbeing and challenge stigma in relation to mental health problems, are outlined below.
Mental wellbeing initiatives and campaigns
Happy? Ok? Sad?
happyoksad.org.uk is a mental health site for people who live or work in Warrington. The site has links to information about looking after your mental wellbeing, as well as directories of local and national mental health support services. There’s also a page for front line workers with details of free training.
The aims of the site are to make people aware of:
- Simple things they can do to look after their mental wellbeing
- Symptoms of common mental health problems
- Services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment
- Support available if someone needs urgent help
- How to access free mental wellbeing training and resources
Warrington Time to Change hub
Time to Change is a social movement which encourages us all to talk more openly about mental health. The aim of the movement is to change negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.
Warrington’s Time to Change Hub recruits and supports volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems, known as champions. The role of Time to Change champions is to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. The champions do this by getting involved in campaigns, events and activities across Warrington.
If you’re interested in getting involved, or would just like to find out more ring 0787 678 3659 or email email@example.com. The local hub is led by Warrington Speak Up, in partnership with Warrington Borough Council.
Make Time and the five ways to wellbeing
The mental wellbeing campaign Make Time, encourages us all to think about the everyday things we do, that help us to feel positive. The campaign also asks us to consider how we might fit more of the five ways to wellbeing into our daily routines. Research has shown that people who regularly include the Five Ways to Wellbeing in their lives are more likely to feel good about themselves.
The five ways to wellbeing are:
- Connect: spend time with people who are important to you.
- Be active: at a level that suits your mobility and fitness.
- Take notice: be more aware of the world around you. Be curious.
- Keep learning: try something new or different, start a new hobby.
- Give: do something thoughtful for someone else, or volunteer your time.
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
Do you regularly make time for your own mental wellbeing? Have a go at answering the Make Time questions below and see where you might fit more of the five ways to wellbeing into your week:
- When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
- When was the last time you got up and out?
- When was the last time you noticed things around you?
- When was the last time you tried something new?
- When was the last time you made someone smile?
You can engage with the Make Time campaign by following them on social media and tagging #maketimewarrington. You can read more about Make Time, the Five Ways to Wellbeing and other ways to look after your mental wellbeing on happyoksad.org.uk
In your corner
The aim of Warrington's In Your Corner campaign is to encourage men, and young people, to look out for their mates; and to be more supportive of people experiencing mental health problems.
Groups and organisations can book out the campaign resources, to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst men and young people.
Promotion materials and resources
Free Happy? Ok? Sad?, Make Time and In Your Corner materials can be ordered from Warrington Health Promotion Resource Centre. Other materials to promote mental wellbeing and challenge stigma in relation to mental health problems, are available from the Resource Centre and can be downloaded from Time to Change.