East Sussex Mental Health Directory of Community Support

Physical health and wellbeing

Physical health and mental health impact on one another. A healthy lifestyle improves both physical and mental wellbeing, and reduces the risk of heart disease, respiratory and mental health problems.

Diet, exercise, smoking, sexual health and drinking alcohol play an important role in how our bodies function and how we feel.

Individual lifestyle changes, and incorporating the Five Ways to Wellbeing, make a big difference to physical and mental health and wellbeing

Wellbeing has two main elements; feeling good and functioning well. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has developed the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’; a set of evidence-based actions that help to promote personal wellbeing. A small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and help people to flourish. The services in this directory will be able to provide information and advice on things that people can do to take action on each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active… Go for a walk or run, step outside, cycle, play a game, garden, dance. Exercise makes you feel good. Most importantly discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take Notice… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Keep Learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Give… Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community or group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Community Pharmacies

We can help you with advice about your medicines and also offer other services like; stop smoking, emergency contraception, chlamydia testing, health checks, flu vaccination and substance misuse services. They can also help you with minor health conditions with advice over the counter. To find your nearest pharmacy and see what they can do for you, visit the NHS website

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