Government initiative Every Mind Matters launched for World Mental Health Day

An initiative to help people look after their own mental health has been launched by Government agency Public Health England (PHE).

The Every Mind Matters initiative is designed to give people simple tools to look after their mental wellbeing and support others. 

The platform, available to the public and for GPs to advise patients to use, will enable users to create a personalised action plan of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control. 

It will also be promoted to NHS workers within the service. 

The platform has been developed with the help of clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health. 

Advice from the service includes showing users how to reframe unhelpful thoughts, increase physical activity and practice breathing exercises. 

Multiple celebrities and companies are supporting Every Mind Matters, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex voicing a short TV film about it that was aired on Monday, October 7. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Every Mind Matters will benefit us all with an accessible tool to help manage our wellbeing at the click of a button. It will offer vital support to those living with a mental health condition and give each of us valuable and personalised tips on how to better cope with life’s daily struggles, while contributing to tackling the stigma that can still surround mental health."

Findings from a recent survey by The British Skin Foundation support the need for better and more readily available mental health assistance resources in the UK. 

It found that nine out of ten dermatologists agree that not enough importance is placed on the psychological effects resulting from skin conditions. 

Additionally, 87% of the 245 predominantly British dermatologists said they don’t think people with skin conditions in the UK have sufficient access to psychological support. 

Dr Alexandra Mizara, consultant psychologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, commented: “It's not surprising that the majority of dermatologists report that the psychological care of skin patients is poor and understated. 

Skin patients often experience that they are not listened to or understood by their healthcare providers. The occasions that they are listened to and understood are rare and extraordinary. “

The British Association of Dermatologists has an emotional support service that patients can be referred to. 

For more information on where salon owners can turn for mental health support for themselves and their teams, see our mental health support contacts guide.