Mental health campaign launched
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:27 07 October 2019
A ground-breaking campaign to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing has been launched today (Monday).
Public health officials in North Somerset are supporting the scheme which enables people to take simple steps to look after their mental health and support others.
The platform has been launched by Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, and it enables people to create a personalised action plan recommending ways to deal with stress, boost mood and improve sleep.
A survey carried out by PHE shows 84 per cent of people in the South West have experienced early signs of poor mental health including anxiety, stress, low mood or trouble sleeping in the past 12 months.
Cllr Mike Bell, North Somerset's executive member with responsibility for health, said: "Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year - statistically that's around 36,000 people in North Somerset alone.
"It's really important we all do what we can to remove the stigma that still exists around mental health and recognise that it's OK not to be OK.
"This new national Every Mind Matters campaign is an opportunity for us all to be more aware of our mental health and think about things we can do to look after ourselves and stop problems getting any worse - just as we do with our physical health."
A film to promote Every Mind Matters has been written by Richard Curtis and narrated by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The film features a range of well-known people who have been affected by mental health and it is showing tonight at 8.45pm on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky channels.
To coincide with the campaign, North Somerset libraries will promote Reading Well - a collection of titles to help people manage their health and wellbeing.
A Hopewalk is also taking place in Portishead on Saturday at 6pm at the Lake Grounds to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health with Papyrus and We Are Aware.
Cllr Bell added: "I'd really urge North Somerset residents to go online to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/everymindmatters for help and advice on managing your mental health or helping loved loves, and find out more about the support available in North Somerset."