Relationships: The Forgotten Foundation of Good Mental Health

This week, from 16-22nd May, is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), which this year is focused on relationships. The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) is keen to support MHAW because we recognise the pain that mental illness causes and the importance of relationships for promoting good mental health. NOW will mark MHAW through our blog, as well as through a community event in Totnes, Devon, UK. In this guest post, The Mental Health Foundation's Cal Strode reflects on the importance of the relationships theme.

Creative Wellbeing: Enhancing Personal and Social Wellbeing

Guest post from Rebecca Mellor from Creative Wellbeing, an organisation supporting people’s wellbeing through engaging their creativity. Rebecca believes that a better world is possible, and between us we have all the assets we need to create it.

Creating Living Streets for Wellbeing

With the number of pupils walking to school in decline, children are missing out on the range of social, physical and practical benefits that walking brings to their wellbeing. In this guest post Living Streets shares what we can all do to get more people walking.

NEF Calls for New Measures of Progress Beyond GDP

Focusing only on Gross domestic product (GDP) as a sign of societal progress does not reflect the priorities of the British people, says a new report from the London-based think-and-do tank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF). In the new report, released today, NEF says that rather than GDP, the public is more concerned about wellbeing, the quality of jobs, environmental protection, fairness and health. Good economic and social policy should make these the priorities, the report concludes. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are happy to be one of the organisations which endorsed this NEF report.

Bringing Art and Nature into Places Devoted to Health

This post shares a short introduction to the work of the Magic Dye House, a recent recipient of a grant via the Totnes Wellbeing Fund (TWF). The TWF aims to support individuals and community groups in Totnes (Devon, UK) and surroundings, helping them to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. Because a small change can make a big difference, we’re keen to support initiatives where a little input from us could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing. Find out more here, and please be aware that the deadline for applications for the next round of the TWF is Friday 11th December 2015. Watch out on our blog for further information on the other exciting projects that have been granted the TWF.