Groundbreaking new platform launched to support mental health

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2019

More than eight in 10 (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months, according to a new PHE survey. 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.

The platform, which has taken 18 months to build, was developed by clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people who have experienced poor mental health. "Every Mind Matters will show you simple ways to look after your mental health".

Kate continues: "It'll get you started with a free online plan created to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control".

The campaign launched with a short film, which aired at 8.45pm on Monday, and featured a voiceover by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Other celebrities involved are Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Davina McCall, and former cricket player Freddie Flintoff.

Some users expressed that the campaign was "important", but that it should be followed by an investment in mental health services. Hancock shared: "I want to put on the record my admiration for the way that the Princes and the Duchesses have contributed to changing how our society here in the United Kingdom - and I think around the world - think about mental health, and their own bravery in speaking out about it".

The couple joined surfers in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 24 to talk about mental health, revealing they both practice meditation to help keep their mental health strong. As a result of the Midlands pilot, a new interactive tool, 'Your Mind Plan' will enable people to generate a free online plan to improve their mental health.

Harry, Meghan, William and Kate reunited to promote the Every Mind Matters website, a new NHS resource offering personalised advice for people struggling with stress, depression or poor sleep.

All of these actions have a well-evidenced impact on improving and maintaining good mental health and helping people to cope better with life, manage hard times and improve their relationships, both now and in the long-term.

Aston spoke to Dr Meng Khaw, regional director at Public Health England (PHE) to discuss the research and also about what every mind matters aims to achieve.

This new plan is available for the public and will be advised by Global Positioning System.

The Every Mind Matters website for a time was intermittently showing the message: "Something went wrong".

Some of the nation's biggest companies from the high street, entertainment, sport and finance have pledged to adopt Every Mind Matters for their employees, customers and fans.

The charity argues the standard of care can be improved by ensuring that mental health professionals who provide care for people affected by diabetes have knowledge of diabetes and its management.

Public Health England, in partnership with the NHS and Freuds, has launched a new digital tool created to empower people to take command of their mental health. But there are simple things you can do to look after yourself. "There are lots of things they can do to protect themselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health".

The platform also offers tips around alcohol use, food intake and exercise, as well as information on common mental health issues and the support available. 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.

The royals have been outspoken advocates of increasing mental health awareness and breaking the stigma of mental health since launching Heads Together in May 2016.

Just over half (53%) of people who experienced concerns about their mental health avoided social situations or contact from friends and family.

Of those who took action, 34% of people in the West Midlands (33% in Birmingham) only did so when it had an impact on their daily life.

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