Take 5 everyday to help your Emotional Wellbeing

12/01/2015

The Belfast Strategic Partnership’s (BSP) Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group launched a Take 5 campaign across Belfast today.

The campaign is aimed at strengthening our Emotional Wellbeing.

There are five simple steps (developed by the New Economics Foundation) that we can all take to help improve our Emotional Wellbeing every day. These are:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of Emotional Wellbeing and what we can all do as individuals, communities and as a city to promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities .

As part of the campaign, a Take 5 leaflet is available online and campaign advertising can be seen on Belfast buses, bus stops, billboards and radio.

Irene Sherry, co-chair of the BSP’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group, said: “The Take 5 campaign aims to help Belfast people improve their Emotional Wellbeing. We know from our findings in the ‘Have Your Say Belfast’ 2013 Survey that there is a need to develop a focused and life course approach to mental health and the start of a new year presents an ideal opportunity for people to focus in on these simple steps, with renewed vigour, which in turn can see their mental health and Emotional Wellbeing improve.”

Dr Eddie Rooney, Public Health Agency’s Chief Executive and Co-Chair of the BSP added: “Many people will find they are already using the Take 5 steps in their everyday life. This campaign is about helping them recognise these behaviours, in order to strengthen these positive skills, and if there are people who haven’t considered ‘Taking 5’, we’re asking them to build these five steps into their daily lives. Think of them as your ‘five-a-day’ for your Emotional Wellbeing.”

In addition, Groundwork NI, as one of the organisations helping support the campaign, will be holding Mindful Walks across Belfast:

Date Location Time:

17/01/15 Falls Park 12.00pm (West)
24/01/15 Victoria Park 12.00pm (East)
31/01/15 Woodvale Park 12.00pm (Shankill/North)
07/02/15 Ormeau/Botanic Park 12.00pm (South)
14/02/15 Waterworks 12.00pm (North)

Further information on Mindful Walks is available on: http://mindfulwalksbelfast.wordpress.com/about/

For further information on Take 5 in the West download the leaflet.