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Barnsley Council will be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (8 to 14 May) by promoting five steps to mental wellbeing. 

These are things that, according to research, can really help to boost people’s mental wellbeing. There will be a series of posts on the council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/BarnsleyCouncil throughout the week, giving links to what’s available in the local area, based on the following themes:

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness week visit the dedicated webpage or follow the #MHAW17 hashtag.