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Promoting mentally healthy behaviours

There are many ways to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace and create a mentally healthy workplace

One of the main ways to build and maintain good mental wellbeing is to ensure healthy relationships between workmates, who work together in a creative and positive work environment.

Promoting The Five Ways to Wellbeing can help. These are a set of accessible actions that help embed good mental health into workplace culture.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are made up of five principles that increase wellbeing:

  • Give
  • Be active
  • Keep learning
  • Connect
  • Take notice.

They are evidence-based mental health messages developed by NEF (the New Economics Foundation UK) from research into mental capital and wellbeing.

Health organisations, schools and community projects around the world have used the Five Ways to Wellbeing to help people improve their wellbeing. They have been used in many different ways, including:

  • to get people to start thinking about wellbeing
  • to develop organisational strategy
  • to measure impact
  • to assess need
  • for staff development
  • to help people to incorporate more wellbeing-promoting activities into their lives.

Find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing at the Mental Health Foundation's website and by reading this best-practice guide.

Also see Wellplace's ideas and advice to create mental wellbeing at work, while other resources can be ordered from the Mental Health Foundation's online shop.

 

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