When it comes to wellbeing other people matter. Evidence shows that good relationships with family, friends and the wider community are important for mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing means feeling good, about ourselves and the world around us, and functioning well.

Building stronger, broader social connections can increase your feelings of happiness and self worth.  Strong relationships with family and friends allow us to share our feelings and know that they are understood. They provide an opportunity to share positive experiences and can give us emotional support.

Tips and ideas

Connect with the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, and school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich your every day. Make the effort to phone someone. Speak to someone new today. Meet a friend for coffee.

Connect is one of the Five ways to Wellbeing, evidence based steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing developed by the New Economics Foundation. The other ways are: Connect, Get Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Take a look at our other tips for staying well.