Residents are being encouraged to look out for early signs of mental health problems as part of a new initiative.
Every Mind Matters is Public Health England’s first national mental wellbeing campaign and it provides people with vital advice and signposting information, after completing a quick test.
This is a serious issue in Tameside, as 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem like anxiety and depression in any given week.
There’s a lot people can do to protect their wellbeing and prevent problems escalating, in the same way as with physical health. The advice includes how to challenge unhelpful thoughts, tips on dealing with stress and understanding sleep problems.
The campaign has a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and explains when to seek further support.
There’s also 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.
While the overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed much in recent years, worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council executive member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, said: “This campaign encourages people not to wait until they are struggling with their mental health before seeking help. There are lots of small steps we can all take to look after our wellbeing which you can discover by taking this quick online test.”
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/. Additional information on mental health support available in Tameside can be found at https://www.lifeintamesideandglossop.org/condition/mental-wellbeing/.
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