Some of you may already know, the 10th October marks World Mental Health Day'. This is about raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
Following this, the Department of Health and Social Care have released a press release, surrounding the ongoing issue in young adults called 'Sunday Scaries'
The new 'Every Mind Matters' campaign launched after 7 in 10 Brits report regularly experiencing the ‘Sunday Scaries’, mostly impacting young adults - known professionally as work-related anticipatory anxiety. The ‘Sunday Scaries’ are shown to peak just after 5 pm for many, as thoughts and worries turn to the week ahead; with Google searches around sadness spiking on a Sunday as people turn to the internet for help. Searches for ‘trouble sleeping’ also peak on a Monday, reflecting the nation’s struggle to unwind as the weekend draws to a close.
In fact, searches for anxiety have increased by 170% in the last 10 years.
The campaign calls on people to do small things which can make a big difference to their mental well-being and directs them to free tips and advice.
Every mind matters have released a short 5-question questionnaire. By answering these, the public can get a personalised ‘Mind Plan’ giving them tips to help deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.
Famous faces – including BBC Radio 1 host Vick Hope, TV personality Scarlett Moffatt and pop star Tom Grennan, along with leading psychologist Kimberley Wilson – are backing the new campaign and calling on the nation to be kind to their mind and help deal with feelings of anxiety by doing small things that can make a big difference.
Every Mind Matters is an important tool for early intervention to build mental resilience. Preventing people’s mental health from deteriorating is a key part of the government’s Plan for Patients, supporting people to stay well and stay within the community.
Over 4 million Mind Plans have been created since the campaign first launched in October 2019 and the 'Every Mind Matters' website provides a range of other resources, as well as dedicated support to help parents and guardians look after the mental well-being of the children and young people they care for.
If you are interested in partaking in this questionnaire, please click here
We also wanted to add some crisis helpline numbers if you don't feel comfortable speaking to your employer or someone close to you but would like to seek help or just talk to someone. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved!
Samaritans (24/7 helpline): 116 123
Mind (9 am-6 pm Monday to Friday): 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
NHS: 111 or 999
The Mix (11am-11pm): 0808 808 4994 or text 'THEMIX' to 85258.