Every Mind Matters - simple steps to look after your mental health
Launching today, the new Every Mind Matters
campaign encourages us to be more aware of our mental health and helps us discover simple steps to look after our mental wellbeing.
Taking care of our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. A recent Public Health England survey shows that 83% of people have experienced the early signs of poor mental health, including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping, in the last 12 months.
While these can be natural responses to life’s challenges, without action they can escalate into more serious issues – and many people wait too long before seeking help.
Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provide practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explain when to seek further support.
It also has a free NHS-approved online tool
, which helps build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost our mood, improve our sleep and help us feel more in control.
Mental health support in SouthwarkIf you're struggling with your mental health, it's important to know that you're not alone - there's plenty of help available.
The first place to get help is your GP; they are best placed to talk to you about your mental wellbeing and discuss the support and treatments available.
Alternatively, if you’re aged 16 and over and registered with a Southwark GP, you can call the free NHS Talking Therapies service on 020 3228 2194. The team will contact you to arrange a consultation with one of its therapists.
Young people aged 11-19 years-old can visit www.kooth.com
– an online counselling service for confidential and anonymous mental health and emotional wellbeing support, 365 days a year.
If, however, you are experiencing mental distress and need urgent help, call the 24-hour crisis line on 0800 731 2864, or go to a hospital’s A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.