Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

»Help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth

»Give you an opportunity to share positive experiences

»Provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:



»If possible, take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together

»Arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while

»Try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family

»Have lunch with a colleague

»Visit a friend or family member who needs support or company

»Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. Find out how to volunteer on the GOV.UK website

»Make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart

»Search and download online community apps on the NHS apps library



»Do not rely on technology or social media alone to build relationships. It's easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people