Public Health England Every Mind Matters
Public Health England has launched its first mental health campaign, Every Mind Matters, as a regional pilot in the East and West Midlands.
The Every Mind Matters campaign aims to improve our understanding of mental health and highlight that looking after mental health is as important as looking after physical health. And, as with our bodies, there is always something we can do to look after our minds. The campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their own mental health and of others by providing them with information and resources for eight of the most commonly reported issues with mental health: stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, low mood, panic, social anxiety, trauma and obsessions and compulsions.
A newly curated free, NHS approved resource ‘Every Mind Matters Guide’, is now available on the PHE One You Website. The guide provides expert-led introductions on the most common mental health problems and introduces ‘how-to’ exercises to improve mental wellbeing.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/Every-Mind-Matters
Do you know your heart age? Adults across the country are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health.
The Heart Age Test has been completed 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those have a heart age higher than their chronological age. To find out your heart age, use the tool below or go to the NHS website
Ready for a new you?
With the right support and motivation, you can make small changes to improve your health right away and double your chances of staying healthy as you get older. A good way to decide which lifestyle changes to make is to take the free online How Are You health quiz. It provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs you to tools that help you take action.
Public Health England's top tips for keeping healthy:
- Eat well - a healthy diet can help you look and feel great
- Move more – fit exercise into your daily routine
- Be smoke free – smoking causes you and your family real harm
- Drink less – it’s important for your health to understand how much you drink
Check yourself - see if you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check.
Search One You and take the free online How Are You Health Quiz to see how you score.