Brand-new mental health platform launched by Public Health England

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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.

PROBLEMS

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.

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 generate a personalised plan for you, with ideas of how to help combat these issues.

SUPPORT

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 Freddie Flintoff, Professor Green, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Rob Beckett and Alastair Campbell.

You can create your personalised action plan at the Every Mind Matters website.

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