Wyre is one of the happiest places in Lancashire!Published Thursday, 11 January 2018
Although 15 January has been coined ‘Blue Monday’ by pseudoscience, according to the Office of National Statistics, Wyre is one of the happiest places in Lancashire.
Wyre faces a range of challenges such as an ageing population, increasing numbers of people with complex long-term health conditions, rising expectations and increasing costs. In response, Wyre Council has made ‘Healthier Wyre’ a key business plan priority.
Despite these challenges, the report outlines the happiness rating of Wyre as 7.7 and the anxiety rating as just 3 (out of 10).
Mark Broadhurst, Service Director of Health and Wellbeing commented: “I think it is because we have residents who simply do the things that make them happy more often. With our great parks, fells and beaches we have a great natural environment.
“Our residents get outdoors, they walk the dog, join our walking groups. Others sing, dance or simply knit and natter. Many volunteer to give back to others, people are friendly and if people become aware of someone who isn't in such a great place, they care and do something about it.
“Working in our communities we are striving to encourage and develop more of these positive activities.”
Wyre Council has invested £6m in its leisure centres to vastly improve the facilities and inspire residents to become more active.
It maintains 145 hectares of parks and open spaces for public enjoyment and offers a wide range of services that have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, from a borough-wide health walks programme to assistance with home repairs and adaptations which prevent accidents and support older people to remain independent.
Whilst many of our residents are feeling happy, the council recognise there are still many that could do with a helping hand when it comes to their mental health and happiness.
If you are concerned about your own mental health or that of someone you know, the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust helpline service is available within Lancashire. The trained operators can access an information database to provide you with mental health information, details of local and national support services, or are there simply to listen.
They aim to provide immediate emotional support for anyone experiencing distress, and aim to empower callers through information to make their own choices about how their health care needs may be met.
The service is available Monday to Friday, 7pm–11pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon to midnight. Telephone: 0800 915 4640 (freephone number)
If you’d like to get more active to help improve your physical and mental health, visit our website for information about how to stay healthy, www.wyre.gov.uk/health