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Public Health England launches ‘Every Mind Matters’, the first national NHS mental health campaign

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

The new Every Mind Matters campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. It is hoped that 1 million members of the adult population in England will be better informed and equipped to look after their own mental health and support others.

Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance, and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

It also has a free NHS-approved online tool, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

In Wirral there are a range of services and opportunities available which can help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. Talking Together Wirral offers a free, confidential talking therapy on behalf of the NHS. They can help with common issues such as; depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship difficulties, family problems, phobias and trauma.

Local organisations also offer a range of services and activities to help you manage your mental health, including staying active at your local leisure centre or park. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood. Some scientists think being active can improve wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control, and the ability to rise to a challenge.

Other local organisations can provide support in a wide range of areas, including volunteering, social isolation and loneliness, support for people from BAME backgrounds, help with money and social care, support for carers, smoking and alcohol misuse, and much more. For a full list of services and opportunities in Wirral, please click here.

To learn more about how to look after your mental health, click here.