Mind yer mind is a campaign by Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership to encourage the people of Aberdeenshire to look after their mental wellbeing.
We've created easy-to-digest advice and have pulled together a list of resources and places in your local area of Aberdeenshire, that can help you to look after your mental wellbeing in those five ways.
Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing:
There is lots of evidence to show that connecting with other people can help your mental wellbeing in the following ways:
Evidence shows that learning helps to promote positive mental wellbeing in the following ways:
Evidence shows that pausing to take notice helps your mental wellbeing in the following ways:
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing in the following ways:
There is lots of evidence to show that being active helps your mental well-being in the following ways:
We've had amazing volunteers come forward from areas like yours in Aberdeenshire. Each has come forward to share their stories about their own experience with mental ill health, either personally or from someone close to them. Others simply seek to maintain their mental wellbeing and share the methods that help them personally.
Lee Morrison – Huntly
I love activities that foster connection with others because not only do they help me to grow physically, spiritually and mentally fit, but they also allow me to nurture healthy relationships with those I am connected to.
Evelyn Glennie – Methlick
Like a garden mental wellbeing requires constant tweaking such as re-seeding, re-planting, exploring new landscapes, experiencing the journey and excitement of new growth. We each can give ourselves the best opportunity possible to plant new experiences in order to keep ourselves mentally healthy and vibrant.
Isobel Gregory – Pitullie
"It's not what you gather, it's what you scatter”. The enjoyment and happiness that my activities bring to others gives me a sense of achievement, joy and purpose, which is a core part of my own wellbeing
Adaeze Ifezulike – Westhill
My chosen activity is brisk long walks through green areas/parks. I see walking as my me-time. I get to listen to music or talk with friends or just enjoy some quietness while walking. Its my time to de-stress and detach from my busy daily activities. Walking is my happy place and is great for my mental health.
Steve Munro – Balmedie
If one of your friends put you down the way you put yourself down, would you be friends with them? Learning positive self-talk is so important. Celebrate the small wins, that is how you build confidence. Positivity grows positivity.
Do you know someone who would make a good mind yer mind ambassador? Then we would love to hear from you!
In 2021, we held our first mind yer mind live, an online event that brought together some of our ambassadors, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Hannah Miley, and local mental health Instagram star Dr Emma Hepburn, AKA @thepsychologymum, to discuss how they look after their mental wellbeing, and take questions from our attendees.
Click on your area to download our regional e-books, you'll find information on free activities resources and advice in your area of the North East.
If you are organising an event, or want to help spread the word about mind yer mind, we've created a handy toolkit for you to download. There you'll find poster templates, flyers, and information packs that can help you.
Whatever you'vre got planned, remember to share on socials, tag us, and use the hashtag #mindyermind
If you are struggling with your mental health and feel like you might benefit from talking to someone, the following organisations are available to offer advice and support.