Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.

The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.

"Everyone has mental health – good and bad. And just like our physical health, it is important that we take the
time and effort to look after it.

One of the ways that I do that is by learning. I love to learn. It helps to give me focus and something to work towards. It doesn’t really matter what I’m learning about, it just helps me to feel like I’m moving forward and helps to keep me mentally healthy.

Independent Lives provides a wide range of opportunities for learning. We have colleagues undertaking all kinds of qualifications and we provide an excellent training programme to ensure staff have the skills they need for their jobs.

But learning doesn’t have to be formal – everyday provides a chance to learn something new. So read a book, watch a documentary, speak to a friend, and see how it can support better mental health in your life."

Georgia Evans - HR, Recruitment & Development Officer