Every Mind Matters: New platform launched to support mental health in the South West

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News on 8th October, 2019

Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, has launched Every Mind Matters, a new way of empowering people to manage and improve their mental health.

It is increasingly recognised that taking care of our mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health. 22% of people in the region who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least six months before taking steps to manage their mental health, with 77% of those in the South West who waited this long wishing they had acted 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, 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.

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 and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The powerful 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, Rob Beckett, Katie Piper, Joe Sugg and Alastair Campbell.

Martin White, Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager for Mental Health at Public Health England South West said: “Our health is affected by our circumstances, including having a job, friends and a roof over our heads. Anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping can affect everyone. Every Mind Matters aims to help people to better handle life’s ups and downs.”

To discover simple steps for a healthier mind visit: www.everymindmatters.co.uk

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