Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, today launched a new platform to help people manage and improve their mental health.
Every Mind Matters helps people to take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
The launch follows a recent PHE survey, which revealed that over eight in ten people (83%) have experienced early signs of poor mental health including anxiety, stress, low mood or sleeping problems.
Over a quarter of people who experienced poor mental health signs waited at least six months before taking action to manage their mental health, with 74 per cent of them wished they had done this so sooner, the survey found.
The new platform suggests steps people can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. It enables them to create a personalised action plan, recommending a set of self-care actions.
“Every Mind Matters will benefit us all with an accessible tool to help manage our wellbeing at the click of a button,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
“It will offer vital support to those living with a mental health condition and give each of us valuable and personalised tips on how to better cope with life’s daily struggles while contributing to tackling the stigma that can still surround mental health.”
An introductory video promoting the platform also features narratives by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry.
Endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Every Mind Matters platform is backed by a coalition of mental health charities and champions, including Mind, Mental Health Foundation and MHFA England.
“People are increasingly interested in practical steps they can take themselves to prevent and manage common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. That’s where Every Mind Matters comes in, as a helpful complement to the work of NHS mental health teams and services,” said Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive.