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Mental Health

Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

5 Ways to Wellbeing

In Hull we have worked collectively with our communities, and with our health and social care colleagues to understand what you think locally. The outcome of our work has highlighted the following key areas, detailed below that we can all consider improving our general mental wellbeing.


It is important that you connect with the people around you -

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Colleagues
  • Neighbours

It is always a good idea to discuss with the people around you how you are feeling as they maybe things they can do to help. Sometimes just having a shoulder to lean on can help you to feel supported and less alone.

The Talking Tables project is a great way for older or vulnerable people to socialise and make friends.

More information on Talking Tables here

If you are finding it difficult to stay connected, they are a variety of befriending services that you can contact if you feeling lonely and isolated.

More Information here

Be active

Physical activity is proven to reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. You can get active at one of our leisure centres by going swimming, joining the gym or taking part in a group fitness class.

If you would prefer something a bit different, you can get involved with community sports, which includes sessions such as chair based exercise, belly dancing and boxercise.

If you prefer to be outside there is lots to do in our parks, playgrounds and open spaces such as Parkrun, or you may wish to take part in a game of golf at Sutton Park Golf Course

Find out more about leisure activities here (Opens in a new window)

Alternatively, you can contact Hull Culture and Leisure on –

Keep learning

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.

Find out more about learning and training here.


Even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering with local groups and organisations, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

Find out more about volunteering here.

Take notice

Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges

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