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.
NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the new Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign which encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
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 on the Every Mind Matters website, 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.
Dr Sukhi Dhesi, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS South Warwickshire CCG, said: “We all have times when life gets on top of us. But there are simple things you can do to look after yourself.
“Every Mind Matters can help you deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control. Start taking care of your mental health with Every Mind Matters and create your action plan.
“There are lots of options and services available in south Warwickshire including; Big White Wall – an anonymous online community, free to people living in Warwickshire, available 24/7 www.bigwhitewall.com;
“Mental Health Matters Helpline – a team of experienced and trained support workers, available 24/7 0800 61 61 71 (0300 330 5487 from mobiles);
“Wellbeing Hubs – free face-to-face, one-to-one support, walk-in and drop-in sessions www.cwmind.org.uk/wbw or call 02477 712288;
“The IAPT service is for people who are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed, provdiving advice, information and therapy - call 02476 671090 to self-refer;
“For children and young people there’s Rise - Warwickshire’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services and support. Call 0300 200 2021 or visit www.cwrise.com.
“If you or someone you know needs urgent help, there are phone numbers and advice available at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help.”
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/