Charities endorse mental health platform

Twelve charities have come together to support and promote Every Mind Matters, which will help people manage their mental health

The Every Mind Matters website
The Every Mind Matters website

A coalition of charities has backed a new mental health support platform launched today by the NHS and Public Health England.

Mind, the Mental Health Foundation and Samaritans are among the charities that have pledged their support for Every Mind Matters, which offers information and advice to help people develop personalised plans to take care of their mental health.

The group of charity supporters also includes Mental Health First Aid England, Heads Together, The Centre for Mental Health, RethinkTime to Change, the National Survivor User Network, What Works Wellbeing, The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected.

All the organisations involved have said they will encourage their employees to use Every Mind Matters and will promote it to supporters across all their channels.

It will show people how to improve their mental health through techniques such as reframing unhelpful thoughts, breathing exercises and increasing physical activity.

The NHS and Public Health England said in a statement that they intended to reach more than a million people with the new platform, including 150,000 third sector staff.

Brian Dow, deputy chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness, said: "Every Mind Matters sets out the positive steps people can take to protect and sustain good mental health, and it is equally applicable to those living with mental illness and those without.

"No one is immune to experiencing challenges to their mental health, and we hope this will lead to more people prioritising their mental health and wellbeing."

Ruth Sutherland, chief executive of Samaritans, said the platform was a great resource to help people look after their mental health and the charity was proud to be involved with it.

"There’s never been a better time to push mental health to the top of the nation’s public health agenda," she said.

"We welcome Every Mind Matters and the important role it can play in England in complementing the vital services that Samaritans and others provide every day."

The platform has been piloted at a regional and local level over the past 18 months and has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

A film written by the screenwriter Richard Curtis and directed by the photographer Rankin to promote the platform was broadcast on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky this week, featuring a range of celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the actors Gillian Anderson and Glenn Close and the cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: "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."

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