03 May 2017
‘Five a day’ for mental wellbeing: are you getting yours?
From 8-12 May Bristol will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of
Wellbeing. The week will raise awareness about the little things
that we can do every day to improve our mental and emotional
The Five Days will be based around the principles that
connecting, being active, taking notice, learning and giving can
help us all get more out of life. Bristol Mental Health has teamed
up with Bristol City Council, NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning
Group (Bristol CCG), Bristol Anti Stigma Alliance (BASA) and others
to promote the wellbeing message.
Activities will be taking place across
the city based around a different theme each day. From a gardening
project where local people can connect with others while planting
sunflowers, to a mindful walk around the historic docks, a treasure
hunt at Blaise Castle, learning workshops and skills swaps, the
week will offer a wide variety of different experiences open to
everyone - and encourage conversation about mental wellbeing.
Becky Pollard, Director of Public Health at Bristol City
Council, says: "Most of us know that eating five pieces of fruit
and veg a day is good for us, but not so many people know about the
five simple ways to improve our mental health.
"… I'd encourage as many people as possible to get involved with
the Five Days of Wellbeing and find out what it's all about."
Alongside the main events, local people are being invited to
host their own events in their communities, based around the
different themes. Schools are also being encouraged to get
As well as highlighting the Five Ways to Wellbeing message,
health professionals will be signposting local people to the
support available if they need extra help or are struggling with
mental health problems. There is a wide range of support available
in the city and the first step is to talk to someone about how
you're feeling. For support with mental health issues speak to your
GP, call NHS 111 or find out more about Bristol Mental Health services.
Monday 8 May: Connect
St Mungo's Putting Down Roots (PDR) team are hosting a free
'Plant Some Sunshine' event. The theme is to connect with the
community and everyone is welcome to join in on Monday 8 May at
11am - 2pm, Champion Square, St Jude's. Contact Jo on 07702 858
243. Book your tickets here.
Tuesday 9 May: Be Active
Join the free Walk Fest mindfulness walk. Meet at the statue by
Central Library, College Green at 10.30am.
Wednesday 10 May: Take Notice
See what hidden treasures you can find at Blaise Castle with a
free treasure hunt from 4pm - 6pm. Blaise Castle, Kings Weston
Road, BS10 7QT. All welcome.
Thursday 11 May: Learn
Join a free taster session of the new reading aloud for
wellbeing project, Bristol Shares Reading from 10.30am until 2pm in
Bristol's Central Library. There will also be an interactive
display where people can learn more about how to look after their
mental health all week. A Midwife Meet Up is being held at Bluebell
from 7.30pm until 10pm at Bluebell Place, 2 Quay Street, Bristol
BS1 2JL. Tickets start at £8.
Friday 12 May: Give
Join our free Give & Get event with a skills swap in The
Galleries. Come along and find out how you can receive free
practical help in areas such as cooking, technology, friendship,
arts, languages, pets, exercise, volunteering and much more. All
help is given free of charge - there's no transaction or exchange,
just good old-fashioned community help! The event is being held
from10am until 2pm on the ground floor of The Galleries, Broadmead,