Five Ways to Wellbeing
Have you seen the new fire engine at work around Hull promoting five ways to better mental health and wellbeing?
Improving mental health is a top priority for Hull CCG and we are working with partners like Humberside Fire and Rescue to promote the simple steps we can all take to feel healthier, happier and have better resilience to cope with the changing world we live in.
The CCG is proud to sponsor the five ways to wellbeing fire engine, which links with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to keeping communities safe and well in Hull.
The engine was launched in 2017 during Mental Health Awareness week.
Evidence suggests that the five steps below can really help to make a difference to our overall mental and physical wellbeing
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more about Connect for mental wellbeing.
Looking to connect with local people? Our awarding winning Healthier Hull Community Fund has supported a hundred local charity and community groups (including Men in Sheds). Throughout Hull they offer activities, social events and support for people of all ages. Visit the Facebook page.
You might also want to visit one of our Hull 2020 Champions projects. From community gardens to cycle groups, our Champions can help you connect to other people.
You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
How are you feeling?
Our new website howareyoufeeling.org.uk is a place where young people can go for positive advice on emotional wellbeing or find some support. The site contains plenty of groups who offer sports, activites and other events to help you be active.
Make it happen
As part of the City of Culture celebrations, the Hull 2017 team has been promoting ways to be more active in our in out city. With exhibitions, public artworks and events all across Hull, there’s never been a better time to walk, cycle or run and explore our vibrant city.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
Young people can find dozens of mind grabbing quizzes and online games at howareyoufeeling.org.uk
Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
The Hull 2017 City of Culture team are always looking for friendly volunteers. Find out more about how you can be a part of this citywide celebration.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
A big part of the City of Culture celebrations is ‘Look Up’ – a series of public outworks, dotted around the city throughout the year have included the Blade and the Weeping Window, and there are plenty more interesting things to see.
Other useful links
The Hull depression and anxiety service – Let’s Talk - provides a range of local specialist help and support.
‘Let’s Talk’, will make it easier for people to get help quickly for mental health problems such as mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression and bereavement.
To make an appointment, phone 01482 247111, go to www.letstalkhull.org.uk or text TALK to 61825.
The charity MIND has some additional advice on how you can use these 5 steps to improve your mental and emotional health. Read their tips here. You might also want to visit the website for Hull & East Yorkshire MIND where you can find links to local services and support.