All adults living in Tameside and Glossop who are struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood or having trouble sleeping are being told they can access free NHS resources to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging residents to take action and use the Better Health Every Mind Matters resources available, in support of World Mental Health Day on Sunday (10 October).
All age groups experience mental health problems but require support in slightly different ways. A person’s physical health and mental health are connected and those with long term health conditions or long COVID may be facing specific challenges.
The past 18 months have been a period of uncertainty for everyone and many people may be struggling with employment, finance issues, feeling worried about going ‘back to normal’ since lockdown lifted or finding change difficult, but there are little things that people can do to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
By answering five simple questions, adults will get a personalised NHS-approved Mind Plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. This enables people to create their own mental health action plan, giving them the simple, practical actions they can take to look after their mental wellbeing. It includes optional ongoing support via a four-week email journey.
This is complemented by the COVID-19 content hub, which includes tips and support on coping with money worries, job uncertainty and how to ease back into socialising at your own pace.
The Better Health - Every Mind Matters website also has a range of dedicated support and resources to help parents look after the mental wellbeing of their children and for young people to care for their own mental health.
People can find what works for them by searching Every Mind Matters for practical tips and expert advice to help look after their mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Vinny Khunger, Governing Body GP lead for mental Health at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “I hope people who are worried about their own mental health, or about someone they know, for example an older person, a child or an adult, take control by accessing the Every Mind Matters useful tools and resources to help boost mood.
“In additional to the Every Mind Matters resources, local people can also find mental health support by visiting https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/mentalhealthsupport”.