Doing good does you good

Altruism and mental health

Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health.

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You may recognise the expression that it is better to give than receive but did you know that this is backed up by research?

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What do we mean by 'doing good' or altruism?

Offering your seat on a bus or making a cup of tea for someone are all examples of altruism.

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What are the health benefits?

Evidence shows that helping others can have a positive effect on your own mental health.

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Things to consider before you start

Ready to get started with doing good? Here are three things to consider.

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Volunteering and peer support

Information on peer support and volunteering ideas!

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Doing something for a good cause

Getting involved can be hugely beneficial for both the cause you are supporting and your own sense of wellbeing.

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Random acts of kindness

Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place.

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Useful organisations and information

Not sure where to start? Have a look at some of the organisations we have listed here.

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