Every Mind Matters
Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, has launched Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and 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 revealed that more than eight in ten people have experienced early signs of poor mental health in the last 12 months. This included feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or having trouble sleeping
These can be a natural response to life’s challenges, but they can become more serious if people don’t take action.
Over a quarter of people who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least 6 months before taking action to manage their mental health. Three quarters of them wished that they had done so sooner.
Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The new platform 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.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Our health – both mental and physical – is an asset that needs to be nurtured. We’re all aware of the benefits of looking after our physical health and the steps we can take to keep ourselves healthy, but many of us are not as knowledgeable or proactive as we could be when it comes to our mental health.
“Every Mind Matters will benefit us all with an accessible tool to help manage our wellbeing at the click of a button. It will offer vital support to those living with a mental health condition and give each of us valuable and personalised tips on how to better cope with life’s daily struggles, while contributing to tackling the stigma that can still surround mental health.”
Film featuring people whose lives have been affected by poor mental health
A film (below) to promote Every Mind Matters has been written by Richard Curtis, directed by Rankin, and narrated by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The film features a range of people whose lives have been affected by poor mental health, including a cast of well-known faces: Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Freddie Flintoff, Professor Green, Davina McCall, Jordan Stephens, Will Young, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Nadiya Hussain, Sarah Taylor, Rob Beckett, Katie Piper, Joe Sugg and Alastair Campbell.
Every Mind Matters is backed by a coalition of mental health charities and champions, including Mind, Mental Health Foundation, MHFA England, Samaritans, Heads Together, Centre for Mental Health, Rethink, Time to Change, NSUN, What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Good Thinking.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said:
“Most people know how important it is to look after their physical health and more and more people are understanding the need to look after their mental health as well, but lots of us don’t know where to start.
“That’s why Mind has been helping develop Every Mind Matters, to empower people with the tools they need to deal with everyday causes of stress, anxiety, low mood and trouble sleeping. Taking proactive steps like increasing physical activity and connecting with others can help prevent these issues developing into more serious mental health problems further down the line.
“We hope that this campaign will help increase public awareness of how we can all stay as mentally well as possible.”
This new resource is available for the public and for GPs to advise their patients to use. The NHS will also promote Every Mind Matters to its one-million plus workforce.
You can discover simple steps for a healthier mind and create your bespoke action plan at www.everymindmatters.co.uk.