Every Mind Matters – campaign launches next week

Health & Safety

“This is an important campaign aimed at making everyone feel more confident in taking care of their own mental health,” says CWU national health, safety & environment officer Dave Joyce.

Next Monday, Public Health England (PHE) is due to launch its Every Mind Matters initiative, which will promote a range of self-care actions for good mental wellbeing and signpost wider resources and services for those in greater need.

PHE, which is an agency of the Department for Health & Social Care, is offering free, NHS-approved mental health resources, via its newOne You site, which helps build understanding of mental health and what individuals can do to improve and manage how they are feeling, Dave explains.

“It’s not a treatment service,” he points out and adds that it has been “designed to complement wider services including IAPT*, with appropriate signposting for those who would benefit from additional support.”

The navigation tool asks users a few questions to identify the type of issues they are facing. This allows users to generate a tailored self-care action plan to support their mental health and wellbeing.

And for those who want to learn more about common problems there are more in-depth modules on stress, sleeplessness, anxiety and low mood.

“It’s an important campaign, backed by the NHS, by various other organisations and a potentially useful resource for people,” says Dave.

*IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) began in 2008 and treats adult anxiety and depression. Around one million people use IAPT services every year to help overcome their depression and anxiety and better manage their mental health.