Every Mind Matter, Better Health

Everyone can benefit from taking simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more, and enjoy our lives more, and there are lots of things we can do to keep on top of our mental health and prevent problems from escalating, just as we would do with our physical health.

Our existing research from the Better Health campaign shows that people don’t always know or understand that building short bursts of activity into daily routines can make a positive impact on physical and mental health and can be relatively easy. Other barriers to getting active include perceived costs and embarrassment about body size and shape.

Better Health aims to empower the nation to look after their health and well-being, offering help and support across key behaviours including mental health, physical activity, smoking cessation and weight loss.

Better Health – Every Mind Matters recommends a range of evidence-based self-care actions that people can try to start taking control of their mental health and prevent common concerns from escalating. At its heart is the 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. This includes optional ongoing support via a four-week email journey. To date, over 3.4 million Mind Plans have been created.

Better Health mobile apps

The Active 10 records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Get your phone in your pocket and away you go!

The app:

  • tracks your steps
  • helps you set goals
  • shows you your achievements
  • gives you tips to boost your activity

Did you know walking briskly, even for 1 minute, counts as exercise? What are you waiting for – take your first steps today!

Download the Active 10 app on the App Store
Get the Active 10 app from Google Play

A running programme for beginners. Couch to 5K has helped more than 4 million people start running.

The app:

  • has a choice of 5 trainers to motivate you
  • works with your music player
  • tracks your runs
  • connects you with other Couch to 5K runners

Couch to 5K can be completed in as little as 9 weeks, or longer if you want to go at your own pace.

Download the Couch to 5K app on the App Store
Get the Couch to 5K app on Google Play