Active Partnerships are delighted to be supporting the new NHS mental health campaign, Every Mind Matters, and encourage more people to incorporate physical activity into their everyday life to help improve their mental wellbeing.
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; ‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing, including moving more.
The campaign provides useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offering practical self-care tips and guidance, and explains when to seek further support. There is a free NHS- approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit:
Lee Mason, Chief Executive of Active Partnerships says:
"Every Mind Matters is a great campaign to encourage more people be aware of their mental health and highlights the importance of being active for our physical and mental wellbeing. Active Partnerships are working to engage more individuals and communities to encourage them to see physical activity as something they personally value for the positive benefits it provides which includes improving moods, reducing anxiety and depression and improving sleep to name a few! Working with partners across England we aim to create the conditions for an active nation, enabling everyone to incorporate activity into their daily lives”.
There are many examples from across the network of how Active Partnerships are working to help improve mental wellbeing, below are a few examples.
Leap (Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes) is one example of how an Active Partnerships has influenced the emotional and mental wellbeing local systems to create impact and unlock the potential for sport and physical activity. http://www.activepartnerships.org/impact/creating-impact-and-unlocking-potential-physical-activity-and-sport-local-bucks-milton-keynes
Another example is Active Sussex who have trained the local workforce to support people with long term health conditions, this includes working with a local organisation Walk2Run supporting the run to beat suicide project http://www.activepartnerships.org/impact/runningspace-–-running-beat-suicide
Yorkshire Sport have partnered with Together Women and the YMCA, using funding from Red Nose Day they created ‘Levelling the field’ A women’s Empowerment Project that has helped reduced participants anxiety and depression and increased their self-esteem. http://www.activepartnerships.org/impact/levelling-playing-field
To find your details for your local Active Partnership and how they can support you visit http://www.activepartnerships.org/active-partnerships or contact Nicki Couzens ncouzens@ActivePartnerships.org