Physical and mental health are as important as each other, so improving physical health can positively affect people’s mental health and result in an improved feeling of wellbeing. Similarly, better mental health can help maintain good physical health and have benefits for individuals with physical health conditions. If you’d like to look at 5 ways to wellbeing resource, click here.
It is therefore important to eat healthily, exercise regularly, try and maintain good mental health and have contact with other people. Below are some useful resources with clickable links.
Mind Guide to Food and Mood
NHS Healthy Eating
Food Standards Agency
Being physically active
NHS Live Well
Move More Sheffield
SIV run a variety of physical activity classes at their various sites across the city.
Having good mental health
The Mind website offers freely downloadable information resources on a wide range of mental health topics. These include:
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Children & Young People – mental health
Debt and mental health
Money and mental health
Mental health problems (general)
LGBTQI+ mental health
Drugs and Alcohol
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have also developed a series of guides to mental health issues, available in a number of different formats including PDFs and audio. These guides can be viewed or downloaded from their website.
Spending time with other people
Mind Guide to Loneliness
Volunteering opportunities also provide a way of learning something and meeting new people. You can get more information about volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer Centre Sheffield, run by Voluntary Action Sheffield.
Children and Young People in Sheffield
The Let’s Talk directory is a guide to emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Sheffield. If you’re a young person, a parent, carer, or a professional who works with young people, this directory can help you find what services are available in Sheffield.
The Sheffield Directory is useful for searching for a particular interest or for something happening in your area.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing.
The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service has a freephone helpline number (0800 0684490) and a website to help with quitting.
The British Heart Foundation offers lots of fact sheets on healthy eating, exercise and other topics. These are provided in a number of community languages as well as English and Welsh.
Another way to of promoting mental wellbeing is to become involved in creative or learning activities. There are lots of activities in Sheffield, some of which are free or at a reduced cost. Sheffield College also offers courses from entry level to foundation degree level.
The Events in Sheffield website features a range of local events, including both creative and physical activities.