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PHE launches new mental health resource for patients

Public Health England and the NHS have launched Every Mind Matters, a resource to help people manage and improve their mental health, urging GPs to refer their patients to its tools.

Endorsed by the RCGP, Every Mind Matters allows people to create a free, personalised action plan to help deal with stress, improve sleep or boost their mood.

It also includes ’evidenced-based’ preventative steps people can take to manage concerns before they escalate.

Every Mind Matters is part of the NHS’s aim to give equal priority to both mental and physical health problems, given that mental illness is the largest cause of disability in the UK and costs the economy £105bn annually, according to the Centre for Mental Health.

It was initially announced in a consultation paper, called Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, and has gone live from this month. 

PHE said 83% of people have experienced early signs of poor health, including feeling anxious, stressed and having low mood or trouble sleeping, in the last year.

More than a quarter of people who experienced those signs waited at least six months before taking steps to manage their mental health.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: ’Our health is affected by our circumstances, including having a job, friends and a roof over our heads. Anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping can affect everyone. Every Mind Matters aims to help people to better handle life’s ups and downs.’

Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, added: ’Over the past few years there’s been a profound sea change in public attitudes and awareness about mental health. So at the same time the NHS is expanding the availability of specialist mental health support and treatment, people are increasingly interested in practical steps they can take themselves to prevent and manage common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression.

’That’s where Every Mind Matters comes in, as a helpful complement to the work of NHS mental health teams and services.’

Readers' comments (2)

  • please be advised you can access this only if you have internet connection and able to download apps onto an iphone or similar and can read english. if not ring the Samaritans if you have a phone and are not deaf. Please be advised access to NHS services is time limited ie a long time to access and may or may not be appropriate to your needs. If you are a child you will only be seen by child services if you are suicidal. Any other requests will be dependent of whether there is actually any one left able to see you with any experience or has not had a nervous breakdown themselves and may or may not be on long term sick leave. general advice suggests go private or accept life is mostly s***e, or stop moaning, get on with it or that its not as bad as some other countries at the moment where the population are currently experiencing war, famine or genocide - delete as appropriate, and we didn't need all this namby pamby crap during the war. (direct quotes from a grandparent who worked in an ammunitions factory) Please do not contact your GP as they are already depressed and cannot cope with their own anxiety and depression let alone any one elses. i think this sums up the current state of things.

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  • Haven’t yet had a look at the app. But just reflecting, there’s apparently been a huge rise in mental health problems in the past decade (true and reported). This coincides with the ‘worlds’ toxic obsession with smart phones and social media. And we are directed to our smart phone for the solution? How about children are kept from using phones and devices during the day? And only allowed strict time limited access for less than an hour a day? Adults the same during leisure time? Would there be a swift reversal of the deteriorating mental health of the nation? Do we need to see hand held devices and social media as bad for our health as smoking?

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