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
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 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.
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.
5 ways to mental wellbeing - www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing
About mental health - www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/about/
Every Mind Matters - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/