Public Health England (PHE) is today launching a new national health education campaign Every Mind Matters. Its aim is for one million adults in England to be better informed and equipped to look after their mental health and support others.
Oxford Health clinical psychologist and head of the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health, Professor Paul Salkovskis was one of the clinical advisors developing the material.
“The One You website and related Every Mind Matters material offer an accessible, accurate and evidence-based resource,” he says.
It is linked to the NHS, NICE guidelines and recognised charities, helplines and communities such as Samaritans and Mind.
“We have been very careful on quality control and accuracy and the language used, building on the work done previously to normalise the way people talk about mental health. A lot has been done to reduce stigma and shame, but we are not there yet; this website will help” says Prof Salkovskis.
The website allows you to identify the type of issues you may be facing and then generate a tailored self-care plan.
There are also more in-depth modules on stress, sleeplessness, anxiety and low mood. Each module gives information on what can cause changes in people’s mental health, possible signs to look out for, advice on things you can do and importantly, explain what’s OK and when people should seek further support, including links to available support channels. Advice is also available for those who want to support others who are struggling with their mental health.
Prof Salkovskis is excited about the launch.
“Although there are lot’s of apps and websites on self-care and mental health, many are commercially driven. One You and Every Mind Matters is trusted resource to empower and inform you how to take control of your mental health.”