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Emotional Health - Feel Real York

Feel Real York is a campaign to help make mental wellbeing a more everyday topic of conversation, and which shares tips and links to other resources.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation. They are a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of everyone.

The Five Ways are:


Be Active

Take Notice



Learn more about the five ways to wellbeing on the Mind website.

Ten Simple Things

There are simple things we can do to help take care of our mental health and wellbeing. Doing so will help us think clearly, help look after ourselves and those we care about.

1. Stay connected with people

Maintaining healthy relationships with people we trust is important for our mental wellbeing.

If you can, visit or meet up with friends – old and new - and family. Or, stay in touch by phone, video calls or social media.

2. Talk about your worries

It's normal to feel worried, scared or helpless sometimes. It’s OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.

If you can’t speak to someone, there are plenty of helplines:

Urgent support - Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

3. Support and help others

Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them. So try to understand others’ concerns, worries or how they’re behaving.

How could you help those around you? Who could you meet up with, or call or text?

Helping others with mental health problems - Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

4. Feel prepared

It can help you feel readier and less concerned if you work through what the current government guidelines mean for you: how will you be affected and what do you need to do?

It might help to talk with your employer about support, sick pay and benefits rights. 

5. Look after your body

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. And it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns that end up making you feel worse.

Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.

Going for a walk or run, bike ride or 10-minute workout can help lift your mood and clear your mind.

6. Stick to the facts

Find a source you can trust – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information you get.

You might want to limit the time you spend following news or scrolling through social media. 

7. Stay on top of difficult feelings

Try to focus on what you can control, like your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information.

It's fine to acknowledge that some things are outside your control, so try some ideas to help manage your anxiety or try this audio guide.

8. Do things you enjoy

Focusing on what you love to do, relaxing or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.

Can you do them following social distancing guidelines or you could adapt them, or try something new?

9. Focus on the present

Focusing on the present, rather than worrying about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve our wellbeing.

Relaxation and mindfulness techniques can help some people deal with feelings of anxiety.

10. Look after your sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically.

Try to keep up regular sleeping patterns, avoid caffeine or screens before bed, and create a restful environment.

Resources for people in crisis

Samaritans Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free

If you’re having a mental health emergency, please call TEWVS (Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust) crisis advice line on 0800 0516 171. It is the best way to get access to the local support you need. The helpline is free, open 24/7 and suitable for people of all ages experiencing mental health distress. 

Papyrus (Helpline: 0800 0684141) is dedicated to helping young people who feel life is not worth living or are worried about thoughts of suicide. Their Hopeline offers non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to anyone up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling, or to anyone concerned about a young person. They also provide support via text on 07786 209697, and via e-mail at pat@papyrus-uk.org. Helpline open Monday-Friday 10am to 10pm, 2pm to 10pm weekends and bank holidays. 


Resources for supporting someone with thoughts of suicide

distrACT: The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention. The app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox. Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you.

Stay Alive is a suicide prevention resource provided by the Grassroots suicide prevention charity, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. www.prevent-suicide.org.uk


Training and skills

#TalkSuicide campaign is encouraging everyone to spend 20 minutes training to know how to talk to someone who might have suicidal thoughts.

Businesses can also offer training to their staff. Support and resources for this training for workforces is at talksuicide.co.uk/employers.

For more information about the #TalkSuicide campaign please visit talksuicide.co.uk


Awareness raising and myth busting

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. 

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBs) provides support to those who have been bereaved by a suicide, and seeks to help people understand, adjust and grieve by reducing feelings of isolation and vulnerability. Their helpline (0300 111 5065) is open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year; they also provide e-mail support via their website, and have local meetings available as well.

Last updated: 31/10/2023

Websites you may be interested in

York and Selby IAPT

IAPT is a national NHS programme designed to increase the availability of talking therapy treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

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Recovery College Online

Providing a range of online educational courses and resources to people who might be struggling with mental health issues, families, friends, mental health workers and anyone else who might be interested.

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Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

We provide mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages.

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