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Mental wellbeing: Can connecting with other people help?
Saturday, 1 August · 2 min read

Experts say that maintaining strong relationships is key to building a sense of belonging and self-worth, and a great source of emotional support during tough periods.

People who are more connected are also less likely to have mental health problems.

It may be hard to stay in touch at the moment, and meeting up with people will depend on restrictions and guidance in your country, but making the effort can pay off.

Why not try:

  • contacting at least 1 friend or family member each day — even if briefly
  • meeting or calling a friend or family member who needs support
  • making more effort with work colleagues, for example by asking them about their personal life
  • arranging to go for a walk with your friends — exercise also benefits your mental health

If you feel uncomfortable meeting too many people in person at the moment, a video chat or phone call can be just as beneficial.

Quote of the day

The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.

Professor Elyn R. Saks

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