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Ways to Mental Wellbeing

posted by Scott Williams

KW Counselling Services is pleased to be part of the Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region.  The group was formed in 2012 and its mission is to promote mental health and wellbeing for all.  Our two principle objectives are community awareness, and partnership and capacity building. You can read more about the history of the group and its work here.

The group developed Ways to Mental Wellbeing based on a 2008 UK initiative called “The Five Ways to Wellbeing.”  We use the Ways to Mental Wellbeing framework to further our objectives. It is an easy framework to learn about and share so it helps us to increase public understanding of mental health and wellbeing and how important they are for overall health.  It’s also an easy framework to share with partners to help them build capacity.

The five Ways to Mental Wellbeing are:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Be Mindful
  • Keep Learning
  • Give Back

Connecting is all about relationships and engaging with people around us.

Being Active can seem like a big commitment but the key is to find activities that suit your abilities and that you enjoy.

Being Mindful is really about Taking Notice. Try to be aware of what you are experiencing in a given moment.

Keep Learning! Learning throughout our lives can happen in many ways and can help to improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing.

Giving Back is about what we can do for others. Giving back to others not only improves our mental wellbeing but also the wellbeing of others.

Whether you’re looking to improve your own mental wellbeing or to start a program to improve mental wellbeing in your workplace or with another group, we have created a series of terrific resources you can use and they are all free! Visit our Resources page to get started.  There’s a Journal you can work through, and a series of daily and/or weekly tools to track your progress or make plans.

Take some time to explore the website: www.waystomentalwellbeing.com and feel free to use any or all of the suggestions and tools. Ideally, you’ll be able to use the Ways to Mental Wellbeing framework to create a system that works for YOU!