Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new campaign to support the nation’s mental health, as half of adults say they are more worried during this current lockdown than in March 2020.
The Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign aims to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing, and to help support their family and friends.
The news comes as a new survey, commissioned by PHE at the start of current restrictions, revealed that almost half of respondents (49%) felt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on their mental health and wellbeing.
Of those surveyed, significant proportions of the population said they had been experiencing more anxiety (46%), stress (44%), sleep problems (34%) and low mood (46%) over the course of the pandemic.
The main reasons for the lockdown having an impact on mental health were missing friends and family (56%) and loneliness (33%); uncertainty about the future (53%), with financial worries (27%); and worrying about family’s health and safety (53%).
By answering five questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control.
Over 2.6 million Mind Plans have been created since it launched in October 2019.
The Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub also includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home.
The campaign is supported by a coalition of leading mental health charities, including Mind, Samaritans, Young Minds and Rethink.
Clare Perkins, director of the Mental Health Programme at PHE said: “While the experience of the pandemic has been different for everyone, there’s no doubt it has caused unprecedented challenges, and, not surprisingly, many of us are now experiencing poorer mental wellbeing.
“Stress, anxiety and worry are very natural feelings in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, and looking after our mental wellbeing has never been more important. The good news is that our Every Mind Matters COVID-19 resources have lots of excellent practical tips and advice, and I’d encourage you to get a free NHS Mind Plan, which will give you simple steps to help you navigate these challenging times.”