World Mental Health Day: new mental health campaign launched across Shropshire

10 October 2018 4:32pm

Health colleagues across Shropshire are encouraging young people and adults throughout the county to look after their mental health as they do their physical health, through a new campaign being launched today, World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October 2018).

The ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign, led by Public Health England (PHE), highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to cope better and prevent these issues from becoming more serious.

Every Mind Matters campaign

The campaign encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters guide, a free NHS-approved online resource that provides expert-led NHS-approved advice on how to spot the signs of common mental health problems and offer practical self-care tips and guidance, highlighting when people should seek further support.

The free guide is available on the One You website via an interactive video tool, downloadable MP3 audiobook and an e-book and will also feature personal stories from a variety of case studies.

Having good mental health can help us feel and function better, have more positive relationships with those around us, and deal with and manage difficult times now and into the future. Over time, having good mental health may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.

Professor Rod Thomson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

“With the ever-increasing pressures of day to day life, mental health support has never been more important.

“I would strongly encourage those who may experiencing a bit too much of life’s ups and downs or know of someone who is, to look at the Every Mind Matters guide, which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage these issues and those of others.”

Professor Steve Trenchard. Programme Director for Mental Health, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Our mental and physical health are closely entwined – so looking after both is a good thing to do. Taking time to listen to your friends and loved ones, and having someone you can talk to about your worries and stresses is really important. Across Shropshire, we are about to start a consultation on developing a new all-age mental health strategy, and we hope you’ll get involved. The materials launched today will provide you with excellent tips on taking care of yourself, and where to get help if you’re feeling unwell.”

The Every Mind Matters guide also offers support for social anxiety, trauma, obsessions and compulsions or panic attacks and provides information for people wishing to help friends, family and colleagues experiencing mental health problems.

To find out more about Every Mind Matters visit:  http://po.st/EMM_Shropshire

Further information

Every Mind Matters has been developed in conjunction with leading charities, academics and clinicians and is endorsed by leading experts in mental health.

Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem[1] and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions[*] has increased by 20% in 20 years.[2]

A new survey of adults in the Midlands conducted for PHE also shows nearly three quarters (71%) of people in the Midlands report experiencing one or more of low mood, anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping frequently or occasionally.1

Stress is the most common response, with over half (53%) experiencing this frequently or occasionally, compared to 51% for sleeplessness, 46% for low mood and 40% for anxiety.1

The survey also found that two thirds (66%) of adults in the Midlands say they look after their physical health on a weekly basis, but less than half (46%) look after their mental health as regularly.1

These figures highlight the importance of helping people to better understand and take action on their own mental health.

[*] Adults aged 16–64

[1] McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

[2] Health Profile for England: 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-profile-for-england-2018/chapter-3-trends-in-morbidity-and-risk-factors#mental-health