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Every Mind Matters to Wiltshire Council

Published 16 October 2019
Every Mind Matters to Wiltshire Council

We are supporting a major national campaign which helps people to take care of their mental wellbeing.

We're promoting Public Health England and the NHS's Every Mind Matters in Wiltshire to ensure people are aware of the range of local support available, should they need it.

Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life's ups and downs. The new platform, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), will enable people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.

We have created a new webpage to provide people with ideas and simple accessible support. This page contains a link to the Every Mind Matters platform and also highlights a number of locally-run groups and programmes that can help people.

Evidence suggests there are five simple steps people can take to improve their mental wellbeing: They are:

1. Keep connected. We all benefit from good relationships. Find ways to meet other people.
2. Be active, look after your physical health.
3. Take notice and appreciate what you have. Take time to look around you, what do you hear and see? Take a moment to relax and enjoy!
4. Keep learning. Make time for your hobbies and interests. Learn something new. Have fun!
5. Get involved in your community. Give to others. A smile goes along way!

Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: "We live in a time where mental health is openly discussed and people are encouraged to do so. Just like our physical health, if we don't take steps to look after our minds then we could become unwell.

"I'm really pleased to see a campaign of this scale and resource and I hope it encourages everyone including those who perhaps suffer in silence to take that first step to improving their mental health.

"I want people to know that they aren't alone, and there is support available."

Every Mind Matters is backed by a coalition of mental health charities and champions, including Mind, Mental Health First Aid England, Time to Change, Heads Together and the Samaritans.

More information can be found at the Every Mind Matters.

A PHE survey found:

  • 22% of people in the region who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least six months before taking steps to manage their mental health, with 77% of those in the south west who waited this long wishing they had acted sooner
  • 57% of people in the south west who experienced concerns about their mental health turned to unhealthy behaviours smoking, drinking alcohol, unhealthy eating or taking recreational drugs
  • 54% of people in the south west who experienced concerns about their mental health avoided social situations or contact from friends and family
  • Of those who took action, 31% only did so when it was having an impact on their daily life

"I'm really pleased to see a campaign of this scale and resource and I hope it encourages everyone including those who perhaps suffer in silence to take that first step to improving their mental health.

Published 16 October 2019
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