10 October is World Mental Health Day
This year's theme - ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’
The impact and experience of the past 18 months has been difficult for us all. That’s why it’s so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Better Health-Every Mind Matters will launch a campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing, showing the little things we can all do and how these can make a big difference; helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and cope with life’s challenges.
At the heart of the campaign is the free, NHS-approved Mind Plan. By answering five simple questions online, adults will get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.
Search Every Mind Matters to see what works for you - #EveryMindMatters
The mental health charity Mind is asking everybody to ‘do one thing today and add your voice ‘by starting a conversation about mental health inequality. In supporting members, CIA eminds every one of its Signpost Guide ‘Mental Health and mental Wellbeing Policy’, which reflect the current statistics and references relevant available guidance.
Our Signpost Guide on mental health (see below) and within this a Mental Health Tool can help identify gaps in your support offerings to your staff and this provides a score of your mental health programme.
- WFMH’s website and posters plus other materials are available from the Mental Health Foundation’s website.
- Campaign Resource Centre
- For adults, there is a section to Empower – a Mind Plan, for those with difficulties that need a personalised plan. An NHS endorsed tool, that can be embedded on company websites for people to use
- Respond – Self-care actions related to the 4 key areas of Anxiety; Stress; Low Mood and Sleep
- For companies, you can signpost this all against the campaign key message of “what works for me” and link to the Digital Support which contains: The Mind Plan; Covid-19 Hub; Tips Info on Anxiety; Stress; Low Mood and Sleep and self-help activities e.g. breathing, CBT Posters, email banners, tweets, mind plans, comms and leader training.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy available for members
This proactive Tool is based on the format of our Health Leadership Sustainable Metrics Indicator Tool and will allow users to check and give an 'indicator' score for their own mental health programme against several elements and identify areas for improvement.