We all have mental health and just like our physical health it goes up and down. Every year 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem.
Having good mental health can help us feel better, sleep better and support us in doing the things we want to do. It can also help us have more positive relationships with those around us.
Today (10/10) on World Mental Health day, Public Health England has launched their ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign across the Midlands to help empower people to take control of their mental health. NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting this campaign by promoting the resources available and what we can all do to protect and improve our own mental health and how we can look out for others.
At the heart of the campaign is the Every Mind Matters online guide, an online curated resource that provides:
- Eight supporting individual ‘module’ videos highlighting the most common mental health issues, and how to help others.
- You can hear from people who are working through their own mental health problems, as well as from experts who explain more about how you can manage and improve your wellbeing.
- Offers practical self-care tips and guidance and a personal action plan to help improve our mental wellbeing.
- Provides advice on how to spot the signs of common mental health problems.
- Explains what’s okay and when people should seek further support.
Every Mind Matters identifies four common mental health problems:
- Stress - There's not always a quick-fix cure for stress, but there are things you can do to help you stress less. We all have days where we feel anxious and uneasy, and worry about the future. It’s completely natural. But when our worries are out of proportion, it's time to take action on anxiety.
- Sleep problems - If you’re having sleep problems, there are steps you can take to ease those restless wakeful nights. You can create your personal action plan and get to sleep with ease.
- Low mood - We all feel low from time to time, but the good news is there are steps you can take to help lift your mood.
- Anxiety - We all have days where we feel anxious and uneasy, and worry about the future. It’s completely natural. But when our worries are out of proportion, it's time to take action on anxiety.
Dr Deryth Stevens, Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG, said: “Our mental health is the key to our mind, body and soul and if it is not well then this can affect everything we do and how we feel. The Every Mind Matters is an excellent resource and tool to help give people control and understanding of their own mental health, how to manage their symptoms and tips on how to help improve their wellbeing.
“However, if you feel the problems with your mental health aren’t going away and are affecting your daily life or causing you distress, call NHS 111 or talk to your GP.”
Local support and information is also available at the Warwickshire Mental Health and Wellbeing where you can find advice and details on where you can access face to face and online support as well as self help books and a 24/7 helpline. Visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth.
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is holding a number of activities throughout the week to help raise awareness and break down the stigma of mental health. Events are taking place in the following locations:
- Tuesday 9th October, Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newton Chambers, Corporation Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5XR, 5pm – 8pm
- Wednesday 10th October, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, CV11 6BH, 10am – 2pm
- Wednesday 10th October, The CW Mind Bus, outside Rugby Library, 10am – 1pm
- Wednesday 10th October, Bedworth Wellbeing Hub, CAB building, 25 Congreve Walk, Bedworth, CV12 8LX,5pm – 8pm
- Thursday 11th October, Coleshill Town Hall, B46 3BG, 9am – 12pm
- Thursday 11th October, Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newton Chambers, Corporation Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5XR, 5pm – 8pm
- Friday 12th October, North Warks Wellbeing Hub, Mancetter Memorial Hall, Old Farm Road, Mancetter, CV9 1QN, 1pm – 4pm
- Friday 12th October, Bedworth Wellbeing Hub, CAB building, 25 Congreve Walk, Bedworth, CV12 8LX,5pm – 8pm
- Saturday 13th October, Rugby Wellbeing Hub, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby, CV22 5LY, 10am – 1pm
For more information visit: https://wbw.cwmind.org.uk/world-mental-health-day-2018/
The Every Mind Matters online guide, information on how to manage these symptoms and tips on how to improve your wellbeing are available on the Public Health England, Every Mind Matters website. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.