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Mental wellbeing

  • Five ways to wellbeing
    Five ways to mental wellbeing
    ​Research identifies five things you can do to improve and support 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.

This page is about general mental wellbeing.

For information about mental health clinical services, please see Mental health.

In an emergency, please call the 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Helpline: 020 8510 8366.

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

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.

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

The Five Ways 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.

5 to Thrive

Time Credits

  • Earn and spend Time Credits
    City of London Time Credit

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.

Find out more about the City of London Time Credits scheme.

Learning Well

  • Learning to wellbeing
    Learning Well programme

​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 more information about Learn Well courses, phone 020 7608 2753 or email learning.well@cityoflondon.gov.uk

City of London libraries

  • Read for Life
    City of London libraries

​The City of London Corporation's libraries provide a wealth of opportunity to stimulate and exercise the mind, as well as help people cope during times of stress.

See the Read for Life page for the full range of options available.   


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