“It doesn’t always have to be a health professional that you speak to, because you can get a lot from just from talking to a family member or a good friend. I think sometimes it's just someone being there and listening so you can get whatever you're thinking about off your chest. That can be really helpful.” – Karen
Feeling safe, stable and secure is central to your health and wellbeing. How safe you feel at home and in your neighbourhood can influence your social habits and feeling of freedom. When we feel safe, we are able to more easily relax and recover, do the things which comfort us, or focus on the work or study we need to do to help ensure our stability.
Home is where you might spend a large amount of time, and so it is where it’s most important to feel secure and safe. Connecting with the community in which you live is also important. Taking part in social events or group exercise, and even going for a walk can add to your feelings of stability and social and mental wellbeing.
Many factors can influence your sense of security, whether financial, physical, or in the workplace. Trust, having supportive company like friends or family, and job security are all strongly linked with wellbeing.
Take a look at the resources below, or read our pages on financial safety, neighbourhoods, and home and housing.