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What does ‘connect’ mean and how can it help improve my wellbeing?

Connecting with other people is one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ *

Connect means to invest time in strengthening and broadening relationships with other people – feeling close to others and being valued by others are fundamental human needs. Examples of connecting with others include:

  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Connecting with colleagues at work/school
  • Engaging with your neighbours
  • Getting involved within your local community
  • Joining a club or group
  • Attending local events

Organisations in St Helens that provide opportunities to connect with others include…

  • The Wellbeing Project
  • Community Centres
  • CEN
  • St Helens Volunteer Centre
  • Rotary Club of St Helens
  • Friends of Griffin Wood
  • Friends of St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium

Some of the other five ways to wellbeing can also bring opportunities to connect with other people – for example going along to a fitness class at a local leisure centre can provide an opportunity to meet with like-minded people.

* source: Foresight Project Mental Capacity and Wellbeing (2008)