Last week the ECB announced its support for Every Mind Matters – Public Health England’s (PHE) new mental health campaign launched in partnership with the NHS. The Gloucestershire Cricket Board is also supporting the government-backed campaign which is designed to show the steps people can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs.
We encourage clubs, players, volunteers and anyone in the cricket network to check out and share the online platform, that allows users to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.
It’s widely recognised that taking care of mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health. A new PHE survey reveals more than eight in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. While these can be a natural response to life’s challenges, they can become more serious if people don’t take action – and many wait too long.
We all go through ups and downs
We all experience times when we’re struggling or not coping as we might like, or where our circumstances and life events make things extremely difficult and challenging. It’s part of life, and sometimes it’s OK to not be OK.
Our mental health is not fixed, it’s fluid, and just as it can be affected by our life experiences, events and circumstances, there are things we can do to improve it and help others.
There are simple things you can do
Just like your physical health, there are things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing, no matter who you are or how you’re feeling.
Every Mind Matters is where everyone can make a start. There are simple actions and steps we can all take that can help us manage feelings of stress, anxiety, low mood or when we are struggling to get to sleep.
From tips on how to get more physical activity, to mindful breathing exercises and advice on how to reframe unhelpful thoughts, all the information and advice in Every Mind Matters has been developed with experts and approved by the NHS.
Make a change now
Take the free ‘One You’ health quiz to see how you score and start the fight back to a healthier you.