Being part of a community and feeling a sense of belonging is good for your mental health and wellbeing creating a greater sense of happiness.
A community is a group of people who have something in common, such as a location, background, common experience, needs or interests.
- Your local neighbourhood
- Places of educations, sporting clubs, volunteer organisations and community groups. These also include online forums
A sense of belonging can help build healthy relationships, relationships aren't restricted to family and friends they can be built with people in your community.
Connecting with family, friends and the wider community can help combat stress, and help reduce the risk of loneliness. Feeling part of a community can contribute to improved health and wellbeing.
Some ways to combat those feelings include:
- support groups
It's important to find a community that you are comfortable with. It may take a bit of time before you find the group that's right for you.
For tips on good places to look for community activities and groups to join and to read the full article go to http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/being-part-of-a-community or http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/