“I've got a very strong network around me, which is really important.”
Lisa

Overview

The connections you make through relationships, places, and activities in your community can build a safety net for your physical and mental health. Healthy relationships with family, friends, partners and co-workers, and having a pet, are known to lower levels of anxiety and depression, and raise self-esteem. 

Connecting with your spirituality, cultural heritage, and the outdoors can also be a source of comfort and meaning if you're facing challenges in your life.

If you are experiencing a mental health condition, you may want to avoid connecting with others. But this can make it harder to cope and recover. 

Whether it's spending time with a friend, chatting to someone in your community, joining a sports team, a choir or group of like-minded people, going to a place of worship, or offering to help someone else — staying connected can help to keep you well.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017