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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.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple and proven actions that workplaces can introduce to create a mentally healthy culture and help their people find balance, build resilience and boost mental wellbeing.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Give
  • Be Active
  • Keep Learning
  • Connect
  • Take Notice.


The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by NEF (the New Economics Foundation UK) on behalf of the Foresight Commission, and adapted for New Zealand by the Mental Health Foundation. 

Workplaces, 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.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit offers practical information, resources and know-how to make it easy for workplaces to support their people to build the Five Ways into their daily lives. The toolkit is a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and the Health Promotion Agency.

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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