What to do if you're not feeling OK

If you are not feeling well it is important you seek professional help and reassurance. Despite any feelings of hopelessness, there is help and effective treatment available.

If it isn’t an emergency, most people also find that making time for the following can increase wellbeing and support their resilience.


Connecting with art can improve your mood and increase your self- esteem. This can be through many different ways, from visiting galleries, to finding objects, making art, or taking a mindful walk and appreciating the environment.

This animation by Samantha Moore explores how knitting helped people face adversity, calm anxiety, and make crucial social connections.

Visible Mending from Samantha Moore on Vimeo.



Connecting with people around you (family, friends, neighbours, colleagues) can help. Invest time in these connections.

Be active

Go for a walk or run, step outside, dance or exercise. Find some physical activities you enjoy that are appropriate to your fitness and mobility level.

Take notice

Be curious about the world around you. Take in and savour the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Be in the present moment.

Keep learning

Try something new or reignite an old interest. Set a challenge that you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things is fun and helps to build confidence.


Do something kind for a friend or stranger. Volunteer your time. Thank someone. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to a wider community helps to create meaningful connections with those around you.