The importance of mental wellbeing

One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime. Improving your mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of better outcomes such as:

  • Improved physical health and life expectancy
  • Better educational attainment
  • Increased skills
  • Reduced risk of suicide
  • Improved employment rates
  • Higher levels of social interaction

Having a brief healthy conversation about mental wellbeing

Ask

Use open discovery questions to make the most of conversations by recognising an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing. This could be 'How are you?' or 'How are you finding everything at the moment?'

Acknowledge

Acknowledge the response by using healthy conversation skills such as active listening, reflecting or showing empathy. This will allow for a joint understanding of the support a person needs.

Act

Take appropriate action to either give information, signpost to a local service or refer them yourself. Remember that the solution must be person centered and they must want to change.


Local support

Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland there are services in place to support those who are struggling with their mental health.


Useful resources