Mental Health Awareness Week

Movement for mental wellbeing

13 to 19 May is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the focus is the positive impact of movement on our mental health. Read more to find out about all the ways to get moving in Surrey.

Even small amounts of exercise can boost your mental alertness, give you more energy and put you in a good mood. It can also reduce stress and anxiety as well as increase your self-esteem. There's lots of different opportunities in Surrey to get active. Group activities also help us to connect with others, get to know our communities and build new friendships.

  • Cycling in Surrey is a great way to stay active and can also be a fun family activity. You could incorporate cycling into your daily routine by cycling to work or cycling to the train station.
  • Walking in Surrey's countryside, discover new places in Surrey's countryside and keep active. Check out our guide to the best spring walks.
  • The Family Information Service provides a wide range of activities you take part in with your family, there are also lists of organisations and services that can help your family too.
  • Join a local sports club, Active Surrey a has a great collection of sports and activities to take part in and clubs to join.
  • Find the right activity for children with Change4Life who provide an A to Z list of activities that children can take part in.
  • If you prefer water-based activities, check out places to splash about across the county. You can also visit Surrey Outdoor Learning (SOLD) for some open water swimming and other water activities such as paddle boarding, sailing and Canoeing.
  • Dance combines a love of music and movement. Whether it's ballroom, hip-hop or middle eastern dance that you'd like to try there's a wide selection of dance activities across Surrey from courses with Surrey Adult Learning. It's fun and sociable too.
  • If you're expecting a baby, gentle exercise is good for you and your baby. NHS Start4Life provides information on what exercises you can do and what you should avoid.
  • Otago Strength and Balance classes, Otago classes are fun, simple and sociable way to decrease the risk of falls.

For lots more activities and opportunities to get moving take a look at Visit Surrey.

If you are struggling, please don't delay getting help. Support is here for you. Please visit the Healthy Surrey mental health website or you can find more resources on our website.

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