|We all get depressed at times|
Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, have launched Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing & support others.
It is increasingly recognised that taking care of our mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health. A new PHE survey reveals 83% of people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. While these can be a natural response to life’s challenges, they can become more serious if people don’t take action, and many wait too long.
27% of people who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least 6 months before taking action to manage their mental health, with 74% of those who waited this long wishing they had done so sooner.
Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups & downs. The new platform, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), will enable people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control. You can discover simple steps for a healthier mind and create your bespoke action plan at www.everymindmatters.co.uk.
A special film to promote Every Mind Matters has been written by Richard Curtis and directed by Rankin, narrated by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke & Duchess of Sussex. It shows how we can all look after our mental health and was aired at around 8:45pm on Monday night (7 October 2019) across ITV, Channel 4 and Sky channels.
The launch follows 18 months of planning and local & regional piloting, developed with clinical & academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health. Clinically-assured by the NHS, Every Mind Matters is evidence-based and it shows people how to build simple changes into their daily lives – such as reframing unhelpful thoughts, breathing exercises and increasing physical activity.