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Five a day for mental health

There are five things we can do each day to look after our mental health; connect with others, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

Learning intentions

  • Learn about the ‘five-a-day for your mental health’ concept by watching our video
  • Identify new or existing ‘five-a-day’ activities that students may incorporate into their own routines
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Junior and senior cycle

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30 minutes

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Five a day for mental health is based on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ report 2008 by the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

NEF developed a simple set of evidence-based actions for people to improve their wellbeing, drawing on a very broad base of research for their recommendations, from psychological to economic literature.

Five a day for your mental health video


Use the below video to illustrate the concept of '5-a-day for your mental health' to your class.

Group activity

Discussion prompt

Following on from the video, break the class into five groups. Assign each group one of the following themes, asking them to brainstorm activities for each of the five themes.
After brainstorming, ask each group to present their ideas to the rest of the class.

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