Five Ways To Better Mental Health

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and it’s important that we take the time to look after it.

Yet YouGov research shows that around a quarter of us never do.

There are lots of things we can do every day to support our wellbeing. The New Economic Foundation suggests the following five ways to better wellbeing.


Staying in touch with loved ones can make us feel happier and more secure; and often just having a chat can help to lift our mood.

  • Put five minutes aside to ask someone how they are
  • Arrange to meet up with friends that you haven’t seen in a while
  • Join a local group or club and meet new people in your community

Be Active

Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

  • Go for a short walk at lunchtime
  • Discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits you
  • Try the NHS’s Couch to 5K programme
  • Check out our partner jogscotland’s group finder for your nearest jogging group

Take Notice

Whether you’re spending time with friends or taking a moment for yourself, try to stop to take notice and be aware of the present.

  • Set aside time to practise mindfulness or take up yoga
  • Take notice of how your friends or colleagues are feeling
  • Spend time outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and notice what’s around you


Learning enhances your self-esteem and confidence, and can be a great way to meet new people.

  • Sign up for a class and learn something new
  • Rediscover an old interest, such as cooking or gardening
  • Take on a new challenge to make or fix something


Giving can be very rewarding – in fact those who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

  • Volunteer your time for a cause you are passionate about
  • Spend time with someone who you know has been having a difficult time
  • Fundraise for us and be part of Team SAMH!

Five ways to better wellbeing

​Small things you can try to help you improve your mental wellbeing, every day.

Five Ways to Wellbeing (World Athletics Indoor Championship)

​Our Five Ways to Wellbeing activity sheet, in partnership with the World Athletics Indoor Championships.

How is your wellbeing?

Our Wellbeing Assessment Tool can help you find out. To get your wellbeing score, go through the following statements and tick the box that best describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks.

Use the wellbeing tool