03 May 2017

‘Five a day’ for mental wellbeing: are you getting yours?

From 8-12 May Bristol will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing. The week will raise awareness about the little things that we can do every day to improve our mental and emotional health.

The Five Days will be based around the principles that connecting, being active, taking notice, learning and giving can help us all get more out of life. Bristol Mental Health has teamed up with Bristol City Council, NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (Bristol CCG), Bristol Anti Stigma Alliance (BASA) and others to promote the wellbeing message.

MHAW 2017Activities will be taking place across the city based around a different theme each day. From a gardening project where local people can connect with others while planting sunflowers, to a mindful walk around the historic docks, a treasure hunt at Blaise Castle, learning workshops and skills swaps, the week will offer a wide variety of different experiences open to everyone - and encourage conversation about mental wellbeing.

Becky Pollard, Director of Public Health at Bristol City Council, says: "Most of us know that eating five pieces of fruit and veg a day is good for us, but not so many people know about the five simple ways to improve our mental health.

"… I'd encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the Five Days of Wellbeing and find out what it's all about."

Alongside the main events, local people are being invited to host their own events in their communities, based around the different themes. Schools are also being encouraged to get involved.

As well as highlighting the Five Ways to Wellbeing message, health professionals will be signposting local people to the support available if they need extra help or are struggling with mental health problems. There is a wide range of support available in the city and the first step is to talk to someone about how you're feeling. For support with mental health issues speak to your GP, call NHS 111 or find out more about Bristol Mental Health services.


Event details


Monday 8 May: Connect

St Mungo's Putting Down Roots (PDR) team are hosting a free 'Plant Some Sunshine' event. The theme is to connect with the community and everyone is welcome to join in on Monday 8 May at 11am - 2pm, Champion Square, St Jude's. Contact Jo on 07702 858 243. Book your tickets here.


Tuesday 9 May: Be Active

Join the free Walk Fest mindfulness walk. Meet at the statue by Central Library, College Green at 10.30am.


Wednesday 10 May: Take Notice

See what hidden treasures you can find at Blaise Castle with a free treasure hunt from 4pm - 6pm. Blaise Castle, Kings Weston Road, BS10 7QT. All welcome.


Thursday 11 May: Learn

Join a free taster session of the new reading aloud for wellbeing project, Bristol Shares Reading from 10.30am until 2pm in Bristol's Central Library. There will also be an interactive display where people can learn more about how to look after their mental health all week. A Midwife Meet Up is being held at Bluebell from 7.30pm until 10pm at Bluebell Place, 2 Quay Street, Bristol BS1 2JL. Tickets start at £8. 


Friday 12 May: Give 

Join our free Give & Get event with a skills swap in The Galleries. Come along and find out how you can receive free practical help in areas such as cooking, technology, friendship, arts, languages, pets, exercise, volunteering and much more. All help is given free of charge - there's no transaction or exchange, just good old-fashioned community help! The event is being held from10am until 2pm on the ground floor of The Galleries, Broadmead, BS1 3XD.

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