Today (7 October), at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, have announced the launch of a brand-new mental health platform, Every Mind Matters.
The new platform exists to enable people to spot the signs of declining mental health earlier, equip them to be able to make small changes to improve their mental health, and support others to do the same.
📢 NEWS: We have joined forces with the #NHS, launching a new groundbreaking platform to support #mentalhealth. Helping people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. #EveryMindMatters https://t.co/4waGokrSYV pic.twitter.com/OVJ91rn1PB
— Public Health England (@PHE_uk) October 7, 2019
In todays’s society, where we’re bombarded with news about politics, climate change and other societal problems, combined with our own individual issues, it can be increasingly difficult to manage our own mental health.
A recent survey carried out by PHE found that 83 per cent of participants had experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months.
These are common problems that people can experience in small doses every day, however, if left untreated, they are problems that can become more serious, and harder to manage.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 7, 2019
Over a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed who showed signs of poor mental health waited at least six months before taking action to manage their mental health; three quarters (74 per cent) of those who waited this long wishing they had addressed the problems sooner.
EVERY MIND MATTERS
The new platform will enable people to create their own individual Mind Plan: you can input your general mood, your sleep patterns, any symptoms of stress or anxiety, and specific worries you’re having.
Then, the website will then generate a personalised plan for you, with ideas of how to help combat these issues.
.@MattHancock 🗣 @BBCBreakfast about the launch of #EveryMindMatters. "This new tool…is about helping everybody" to look after and improve their mental health. @OneYouPHE @NHS pic.twitter.com/Et58r8JCCw
— CCHQ Press (@CCHQPress) October 7, 2019
At 8.45pm this evening, a special film promoting Every Mind Matters will be aired across ITV, Channel 4 and Sky channels.
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 highlights the steps we can all take to look after our mental health.
The film will also feature people in the public eye who have been affected by poor mental health, including Katie Piper, Nadiya Hussain, Davina McCall, Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson.
We all have times when life gets on top of us, but there are simple things you can do to look after yourself. To find your way to better mental health, visit Every Mind Matters at https://t.co/b3jfAgGW0d #EveryMindMatters pic.twitter.com/F7pc49d3xr
— NHS London (@NHSEnglandLDN) October 7, 2019
You can create your personalised action plan at the Every Mind Matters website.