Your brain is amazing! It is far more complex than the most sophisticated computer in the world – and then some. So, it makes sense to learn how to look after it and keep it healthy.

So many of us take time to ensure our bodies are fit and strong – helping us to stay healthy and fight off infections. Keeping our bodies healthy also means that we can recover quickly if we do become ill.

And it’s important we take some time to recognise the things we can do that are good for a healthy mind too.

Last week I spent some time at a youth centre giving some of our younger people tips and advice on how they can improve their mindset and be better prepared mentally for all the challenges that are part of growing up.

This reminded me that one thing which really helps support all of us in terms of our mental well-being is a sense of community.

It stems back to the days when we all lived in caves and hunted for food. When we did anything that helped with the group’s survival, such as bringing food home, we were rewarded with a sense of ‘feel-good’ chemicals in our brain.

When we did things to protect our family or group from danger, we felt motivated.

This is still true today; a sense of connection and community makes us feel safe and secure. It also makes us feel valued. When we feel part of something bigger, it adds to our sense of purpose.

As human beings we thrive better as a tribe than as individuals. It is how we have evolved.

When we feel isolated or disconnected from others in some way it can lead to a downward spiral.

We start to look at things negatively which can cause us to worry more. It can make our problems seem bigger than they really are. If you are on your own with your thoughts and things aren’t going so well, it can be difficult to see the positive or see a way out.

So, my advice for this week, if you want to help yourself to feel mentally stronger and build some resilience for the future, try to get more connected in some way with other people. It may seem a huge step to take, but it can do wonders for your sense of well-being.

Taking the first step is often the most difficult, when thinking of trying-out or joining something new, but this newspaper is a great place to start looking for something going on in your area.

It is a simple statement, but we are all stronger together.

Please note: If you feel you are in a mental health crisis or emergency and may be in danger of causing harm to yourself or others then please contact your GP, The Samaritans on 116 123, attend A&E or text SHOUT to 85258

Martin Furber is a therapist qualified in various modalities and an Instructor Member of Mental Health First Aid England