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Supporting every mind this World Mental Health Day

09 October 2019

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Norfolk County Council has this week launched local support for a new national mental health campaign called ‘Every Mind Matters’.

The campaign, which was launched on Monday 7 October by Public Health England, encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

It offers a range of useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and explains when to seek further support.

By visiting the local Every Mind Matters page on the Norfolk County Council website users will be able to generate a tailored self-care action plan to support their mental health and wellbeing, as well as getting access to a range of other resources to learn more about common mental health concerns.

The support of this campaign follows the Health and Wellbeing board's recent signing of the Public Health England Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.  The concordat is intended to provide a focus for organisations to come together to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Prevention and Chairman of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board said; “I am extremely proud to have recently signed the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.  This, along with our support for the Every Mind Matters campaign, is yet another step in our ongoing commitment to support Norfolk residents with their mental health.”

Dr Tony Palframan, Chair of Norfolk and Waveney’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Mental Health Forum, said: “We know that there is so much people can do themselves to support positive mental wellbeing, and it’s important that people know what is able to boost their mood and keep them well.  Every Mind Matters offers a brilliant approach to creating a personalised action plan that links to local activities and further help where it is needed.”

Adults in Norfolk don’t need to wait until they are struggling with their mental health. The Every Mind Matters campaign encourages all of us to take steps to improve our mental health and wellbeing.  It also provides guidance so we can put things in place to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

To find out more about the Every Mind Matters campaign visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/everymindmatters

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