Better Health – Anxiety

Every Mind Matters is a campaign and digital resource designed to empower people to look after their mental well-being and support that of others. It promotes mental well-being and addresses the four most commonly reported, subclinical mental health concerns: anxiety, low mood, stress, and trouble sleeping.

The programme offers a range of evidence-based self-care actions and free resources designed to help people take care of their own mental health and prevent common concerns from escalating into mental health disorders.

Available on the website is a free, NHS-approved Mind Plan. By answering five short questions people get a personalised mental health action plan, providing practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control. People can also join a 4-week email programme where they can get reminders, swap in new tips and are encouraged to make looking after their mental well-being part of their everyday routine. In addition, we have an 8-week email programme focused explicitly on easing your anxiety.

Make the first move for your mental health

No matter how much you do, physical activity can make a big difference to how you feel – boosting your mood and helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Now is the perfect time to get active and make the first move for your mental health, see below our videos and free apps available.

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 StoreGet 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 StoreGet the Couch to 5K app on Google Play

Self-help CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) techniques

You may have heard of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and wondered how it works, what it’s good for and whether it could help you.
In this section, you can find out about CBT, watch our short video guides and try online self-help techniques. These can help you deal with worries and unhelpful thoughts, work through problems in new ways, build resilience and boost your mental well-being.
This is not a full CBT course but rather some practical self-help tips and strategies based on CBT techniques.

Learn about CBT, watch video guides and try techniques to deal with worries, solve problems and boost your mental well-being:

Reframing unhelpful thoughts – It’s natural to feel worried every now and again, but our anxious thoughts can sometimes be unhelpful.

It can be beneficial to step back, examine the evidence for your thoughts and explore other ways of looking at the situation.

In time, this can really make a difference to our mental health and wellbeing.

Tackling your worries – Worrying is part of life. We cannot eliminate it completely or control everything, but if your worries feel overwhelming there are lots of things you can try to manage or overcome them, including the “worry time” technique.

Find out about worry time, as well as plenty more practical tips and strategies you can try to help you tackle your worries.

Problem-solving – Worrying is a natural response to life’s problems. But when it takes over and we can start to feel overwhelmed, it can really help to take a step back and break things down.

Learning new ways to work through your problems can make them feel more manageable, and improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

Bouncing back from life’s challenges – It might seem like the most important time to take care of your mental well-being is when you are not feeling your best.

But it’s actually a great idea to take steps to look after your mental health every day, regardless of how you may currently be feeling or what’s happening in your life.

Self-help CBT techniques – Learn about CBT, watch video guides and try techniques to deal with worries, solve problems and boost your mental well-being.

Top Tips for easing anxiety

Useful links:

Mind Plan:
Self-help CBT techniques:
Anxiety easing email programme: