For staff, managers and human resource departments responsible for staff wellbeing. The workplace presents a number of opportunities for people to develop their social networks. This can be through work itself, through leisure activities, or through shared interests such as sport and the arts. Approaches that increase employee health and wellbeing are also likely to influence and impact relationships in the workplace. Typically, workplace wellbeing programmes and approaches focus on individuals by targeting things like healthier eating, physical exercise, smoking cessation and stress...
Some things that you can do to help strengthen community connections in your neighbourhood include: Being neighbourly. Practise common courtesies such as greeting neighbours when you pass them in the street. Getting to know your neighbours has been linked to lower crime rates, thriving children and greater school success. Organising a neighbourhood party. Engaging with members of the community to plan this will reap benefits in itself. It is important to be inclusive and try and support people to come along who may find it more difficult (e.g. older people who are housebound). Volunteering...
The internet has enabled us to make friends with people we don’t know and may never meet in real life. For instance, Facebook has allowed us to create and maintain ‘friendships’ with more people than ever. These relationships may not always be adding value to our lives and, instead, may be sources of anxiety. It’s important to regularly assess your contacts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if they need to be adjusted. Some may be more casual acquaintances, while others may be people who would support you if you were in need. Not all ‘friends’ need to be party to...
Dealing with isolation
We are living in a generation where there are parents raising children while caring for their own parents. The role of being a parent or guardian comes with a number of challenges. This is more so nowadays, when parents may have double caring responsibilities for children and their own parents. It can be difficult to find time together as a couple or to do things for themselves. However, for some, grandparents may be able to be a source of support if parents are returning to work or need a night off from parenting duties. Here are a few tips for parents to avoid experiencing isolation: Going...
Difficulties in building relationships
Not everyone finds it easy to stay socially connected or to make new friends. This might be due to being unable to leave the house, living a distance away from other people, or because social situations feel uncomfortable. Some people are more vulnerable – for example, if they move to a new area, have recently been bereaved, feel socially anxious, or live with a mental health problem that affects their ability to make and/or sustain relationships. For individuals who are more isolated and have few social connections in real life, going online can be a source for meeting new people. If you are...
Watch out for harmful relationships On the whole, relationships are good for us and, for most of us, are central to living a good life, but that’s not true of all relationships. Sometimes relationships in our lives can be harmful – for example, when they are characterised by bullying or abuse. It’s important to remember that harmful relationships are not just limited to our romantic partnerships; a person can have a damaging relationship with a friend, co-worker or even a family member. Although domestic violence is more common among women, men can also experience it and can be exposed to the...
Supporting a partner with depression14 February 2018,
With advice from many of our supporters, we look at how best to support a partner who has a mental health problem such as depression.
Watch highlights of our ThriveLDN tour
See what we're doing as part of ThriveLDN - a project aimed at improving the health of Londoners, with the intention to take similar projects across the country.
Using mental health services during the economic crisis
We're working with the University of Southampton to evaluate the impact of the recent period of national economic insecurity on people with mental health problems in England.
How Derek Richter founded the Mental Health Foundation
We speak to Ted Reynolds and Robert Balazs, colleagues of our founder Derek Richter, about Derek's legacy and the impact he's still having today.