Skip to main content  

  • Five ways to wellbeing
    Five ways to mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is more than not having a mental health problem; it refers to our ability to get the most out of life and cope with its challenges.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Research and evidence show there are five things that people can do to improve and support their mental health and wellbeing.

  1. Connect - with friends, family and those around you.
  2. Be active - exercise hugely benefits mental wellbeing.
  3. Take notice - observe the world around you.
  4. Keep learning - be it something new or not.
  5. Give - you benefit too.

These "Five Ways to Wellbeing", also known as "Five to Thrive" have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing.

They are a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing, as developed by the New Economics Foundation and the Government’s Foresight project and endorsed by the NHS.

In the video below, developed in partnership with the City of London Corporation’s Public Health team, Poppy Jaman OBE - CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance​ – talks us through the five ways to wellbeing, sharing some useful tips on how we can embed them into our daily lives.

Regardless of whether you have a mental health problem or not, there will be times or situations in your life that are more difficult than others and your capacity to deal with these depends on your mental wellbeing.

Maintaining a healthy mind is a part of any healthy lifestyle

There are a number of resources and services available that can help you develop and strengthen your mental wellbeing.

Time Credits

Doing something for someone else has been shown to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. It can help you improve your self-confidence and meet new people, and makes a positive contribution to your community.

The City of London Time Credit initiative offers credits in return for volunteering with community programmes in the City that can be redeemed at various attractions and organisations throughout London.

​Learning Well

Learning Well is a community-based programme of classes and workshops specially selected to promote and enhance recovery and wellbeing. In addition to those courses available through Learning Well, the City of London Corporation offers a wide range of other courses that can both directly and indirectly contribute to your mental wellbeing through learning. For details about Learning Well courses call 020 7608 2753.

More information

  • For information about support for mental health available to City residents, workers and students, see Mental Health (
  • In an emergency, call 999, visit your nearest A&E department, or call the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Helpline (City residents only): 020 8432 8020