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Top tips for looking after your mental health in 2022


The start of a New Year can be an exciting experience, a chance to make some resolutions and create a new beginning with a clean slate.

However, for some, the New Year can be a daunting experience, filled with uncertainties and worries about the year ahead.

Many charities and organisations in Lancashire and nationwide are there for you to support and encourage positive mental health, so here are our top tips on looking after yourself in 2022.

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Lancashire BME Network

Lancashire BME Network is a registered charity that works with black and ethnic minority communities and individuals to empower them to make positive changes through the delivery of a variety of interventions.

They offer in-house counselling, which supports clients who are suffering from low-level mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression and other common mental health disorders.

Sehrish Qureshi, the Wellbeing Service Manager at Lancashire BME Network said: “Firstly, you need to look after yourself physically, to feel better mentally and this can be done by exercising regularly, eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep.”

Sehrish also explains how to achieve these helpful tips as often as possible, she continued: “You should practice self-care, plan time for yourself, discover what makes you happy, stop being so hard on yourself, consider taking breaks from social media and get some professional help if you think you would benefit from it.”

Business Health Matters

Business Health Matters is a programme that helps to build healthier workforces across Lancashire.

In collaboration with Lancashire Mind, Business Health Matters have created a list of small changes you can make in your life to help with bettering your mental health.

These include:

Talk about your feelings

Get enough sleep

Be present

Socialise

Eat well

Take a break

Exercise and be more active

Support groups

Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS)

Currently, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s mental health focus for the New Year is around debt support and advice

Louise Thomas, the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership Suicide Prevention Programme lead, said:

“We recognise that January can be incredibly tough when it comes to managing your money, especially if you’ve spent more than you planned at Christmas, or bought things with ‘buy now, pay later’.

“Dealing with money issues can sometimes be off-putting, but debt is nothing to be ashamed of.

“Most debt issues can easily be sorted through the help of organisations such as Citizens Advice – you just need to reach out.”

For more information and help and support about debt and money visit Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership :: Debt advice and support (healthierlsc.co.uk) or call their mental health crisis line on 0800 953 0110.

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