Every Mind Matters: The first national NHS mental health campaign
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.
Public Health England – in partnership with the NHS – has launched Every Mind Matters, a new campaign which encourages people to take simple, early steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
Signs of poor mental health such as feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping can be a natural response to life’s challenges and for most people will pass, but they can escalate into more serious issues if people don’t take action – and many wait too long.
Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.
It also has a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.
A dedicated ‘Helping Others’ guide is also available within the suite of digital resources, to provide advice on how to support others who may be struggling with their mental health.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit the Every Mind Matters website
If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, find out how to access urgent support
Facts and Stats
A recent PHE survey of over 3,000 adults in England showed:
- More than eight in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, or having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months.
- Over a quarter (27%) of people who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least six months before taking action to manage their mental health, with three quarters (74%) of those who waited this long wishing they had done so sooner.
- Nearly six in ten (57%) people who had experienced concerns about their mental health turned to unhealthy behaviours – smoking, drinking alcohol, unhealthy eating or taking recreational drugs.
- 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, around a third (31%) only did so when it was having an impact on their daily life.
- Over a third (37%) of people who experienced concerns about their mental health said that it had a negative effect on their physical health, while four in ten (41%) said it impacted their ability to work and their relationship with their partner (40%).
Impact of mental health problems:
- Mental health problems are common; in England, each year about one in four of us experiences a mental health problem.
- People with higher level of wellbeing have lower rates of illness, recover more quickly and for longer, and generally have better physical and mental wellbeing.
- Mental illnesses account for the largest burden of disease in England at 23%6 and are the single largest cause of disability in the UK.
- The cost of mental health issues in England is estimated to be around £105 billion per annum.