Nurse Becky back­ing men­tal health drive

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peo­ple across North Wales to em­brace the 5 Ways to Well­be­ing. Re­search shows that fo­cus­ing on the Five Ways to Well­be­ing, which en­cour­age peo­ple to con­nect, be ac­tive, take no­tice, keep learn­ing and give, can boost per­sonal well­be­ing. The cam­paign is be­ing launched to co­in­cide with the NHS’ na­tional Self Care Week,Week, which­which run­runs from Novem­ber 13-19. Re­bec­ca­Re­becca said: “When Ir­fon was di­ag­nos­di­ag­nosed with can­cer it be­cam­be­came more im­por­tant than ev­er­ever for us to prac­tice what wewe preach, and we fo­cused vev­ery heav­ily on the small evev­ery day ac­tions we co­could take to look af­ter oour men­tal health, to see usus through what was a vev­ery dif­fi­cult time. ““Fo­cus­ing on the 5 Ways toto WWell­be­ing was es­pe­cially use­fu­lu­usefu for Ir­fon at the time, an­dand it’sit’s help­ing me now as I go throughthrough ththe process of griev­ing. ““Sim­pleSim­ple thingsthings like get­ting some gen­tle ex­er­cise, spend­ing time with peo­ple whose com­pany you en­joy, learn­ing new skills and tak­ing no­tice of the pos­i­tive things in life can re­ally help you to feel bet­ter, even when life gets es­pe­cially tough. THE widow of can­cer cam­paigner Ir­fon Wil­liams is back­ing a new drive to im­prove the men­tal well­be­ing of peo­ple in North Wales.

Ir­fon, a for­mer UK Nurse of the Year, was a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of the need for chil­dren and young peo­ple le to talk about men­tal health is­sues dur­ing ng his 25 year ca­reer as a men­tal health nurse and man­ager.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed ed with ad­vanced bowel can­ncer in Jan­uary 2014, the e fa­ther-of-five in­spired peo­ple across North Wales and fur­ther afield with his pos­i­tiv­ity and ● Ir­fon, Becky’s late de­ter­mi­na­tion to help p hus­band, was him­self oth­ers. a men­tal health

Fol­low­ing his death in worker May aged just 46, his wife e Re­becca, her­self a Reg­is­tered stered Psy­chi­atric Nurse, says fo­cus­ing on small ev­ery­day ac­tions ns to look af­ter her men­tal well­be­ing is help­ing her and her young chil­dren Sîon and Ianto through the griev­ing process.

She’s lent her sup­port to a new cam­paign led by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s Pub­lic Health Team to en­cour­age

“Giv­ing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity through the #TeamIr­fon fundrais­ing cam­paign also helped to give our well­be­ing a boost, and I’m re­ally proud that the cam­paign is still help­ing oth­ers.

“I’ve found that fo­cus­ing on th­ese small ac­tions ev­ery­day can re­ally help to im­prove your men­tal health.”

BCUHB’s cam­paign will also en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to cre­ate sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments for em­ploy­ees to par­tic­i­pate in five ways ac­tiv­i­ties, while com­mu­nity groups can play a role by de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties which pro­mote well­be­ing.

Teresa Owen, Ex­ec­u­tive Director of Pub­lic Health at BCUHB, said: “The 5 ways to well­be­ing are sim­ple things to build into our lives ev­ery day to give our well­be­ing a boost. Re­search shows that small im­prove­ments in well­be­ing can help to de­crease some men­tal health prob­lems and help us to flourish.

“Con­nect­ing with peo­ple, go­ing for a short walk, notic­ing the en­vi­ron­ment we live in, do­ing some­thing nice for a friend and try­ing some­thing new all have a pos­i­tive im­pact.

“Good men­tal well­be­ing doesn’t mean that we never ex­pe­ri­ence feel­ings or sit­u­a­tions that we find dif­fi­cult, but it means we feel we have the re­silience to cope when things get tough.”

Becky Wil­liams

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