ActivLives recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October 2020

ActivLives recognises World Mental Health Day on the 10th October 2020

Mental Health is everyone’s business, especially now. Having good mental health, emotional health and well-being is as important as having good physical health.

 We are all affected differently and our mental health can change as circumstances change or as things happen through the different stages of life.

ActivLives provides a wide range of activities in Ipswich, Sudbury, Stowmarket and East Suffolk to help and support people with mental health problems and people living with Dementia and their Carers.

We are currently working in partnership with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Recovery College and the Woodlands Unit at Ipswich Hospital on the successful ‘Bridging the Gap’ Project, funded by Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG/ Suffolk Community Foundation.

The project introduces service users, their carers and families and staff to community services that can support people after discharge. We can help people reconnect with their communities, enable people to learn new skills, support people to be kind to themselves and manage their mental health better, meet and make new friends, build their confidence and help people cope with and manage change, anxiety and uncertainty.

Two strands of ActivLives are involved with the project ActivSports and ActivGardens. The gardens are a great way for people to connect with nature, conservation and the environment, learn new skills, build confidence and meet and make new friends.


Enjoy a lovely relaxing tour with Lesley at the People’s Community Garden, located at IBC Maidenhall Allotments in Ipswich. Meet some of our staff and volunteers who help nurture and maintain the gardens and grow fresh produce and plants for the local community. For more information contact our main office on 01473 345350.

ActivLives is now gradually and safely re-opening our activity sessions, where we can. We are following strict hygiene and Government Guidelines and providing Covid-secure environments for people to re-connect with friends and their weekly activities.

Be kind this Mental Health Awareness Week

Be kind this Mental Health Awareness Week

18th-24th May is Mental Health Awareness Week and ActivLives is right behind the campaign to increase our levels of mental health awareness.

The theme this year is ‘kindness’ and what better time than this to be recognising the importance of being kind to ourselves, as well as to others.

During these uncertain times, paying attention to our own mental health is more important than ever. Some tips that we can all follow to help to improve our mental well-being during Covid-19 include: trying to plan your day, being as physically active as possible, finding time to relax, keeping connected with family and friends, making a note of things that have gone well for us and making sure that we get plenty of regular sleep.

If you would like to find out more about the campaign take a look at


The work of ActivLives is all about promoting health and well-being, creating connected communities and providing opportunities to learn new skills – all keys to increased mental (and physical) health.