Mental Health Awareness Week

The below messages are to be communicated to support the Mental Health Awareness Week activity and raise awareness of the guidance and tools available to help adults take care of their mental wellbeing during this time and beyond, and seek support if needed:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to start taking care of your mental wellbeing, especially during this period of uncertainty. Search Every Mind Matters for simple steps to get you going.
  • Lockdown restrictions starting to ease will allow us to get back to the people and things we love, but some may be feeling worried about going ‘back to normal’ and how to manage these changes. Search Every Mind Matters for practical tips and expert advice to help you feel more in control.
  • Better Health – Every Mind Matters will get you started with a free, NHS-approved Mind Plan, available on the website. By answering five quick questions you’ll get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, sleep better and feel more in control.
  • There’s helpful advice on the Better Health – Every Mind Matters website on managing problems caused by COVID-19, including tips and support on coping with money worries, job uncertainty and easing back into socialising. The website also includes practical tips on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others.
  • Some tips for dealing with change include:
  • Go at your own pace
    It might be tempting to make lots of plans and say yes to everything as things start to open up, but there’s no need to rush.

Take it step by step and only do what is comfortable and safe for you to ease back into socialising – then you can build your time back up as your confidence returns.

  • Do not avoid things entirely

Avoiding the things that make us anxious can sometimes feel like the easier option in the short term, but this can make it harder to start facing our fears in the longer term. Instead, try to set yourself small but manageable targets, like meeting one person for a coffee or snack outside, or getting a haircut, and gradually build up from there. It can help to confide in a friend or family member so they can support you to overcome your anxieties.

  • Make time to relax
    Being able to see more of our friends and family, and visit places that might have been closed until now, is exciting. But don’t overdo it; it’s important to find regular time for yourself to relax too.
  • Challenge unhelpful thoughts
    It’s natural to feel worried every now and again but our anxious thoughts can sometimes be unhelpful. If you can learn to identify and separate unhelpful thoughts from helpful ones, you can find a different way to look at the situation. There’s guidance on the Every Mind Matters website to help you do this.
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Find routine where you can
During lockdown, life changed for us all and we developed new routines. Even if your normal weekday or weekend habits change, some things can stay the same. Are there areas in your life where it’s easier to stick to a routine? Something as simple as going to bed and waking up at the same time each day or making sure to stick to your set lunch break can make a big difference.

  • Get a free, NHS-approved Every Mind Matters action plan with simple steps to help you feel better.

Support for children and young people

  • The Better HealthEvery Mind Matters website also has a range of dedicated support and resources to help parents and guardians look after the mental wellbeing of their children and for young people to care for their own mental health

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Secondary messaging

  • The impact that COVID-19 is still having on our lives may cause us to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, lonely or frustrated
  • Everyone has difficult feelings sometimes. It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
  • Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to start taking care of your mental wellbeing, especially during this period of uncertainty. Search Every Mind Matters for simple steps to get you going.
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