We've come a long way in having more open, honest conversations around mental health in the last 10 years but there's a long way to go. Figures published in a new survey by Public Health England (PHE), more than 8 in 10 people have experienced early signs of poor mental health in the past year, including anxiety, stress, low mood or sleep troubles.
The issue is bigger than ever before and cannot be overcome by the efforts of the brave or famous few. We all have a responsibility to change the way we think and act when it comes to mental health. If left untreated, problems that may start out small can develop into serious mental health conditions.
It's great to see the royal's getting behind this cause with initiatives such as HeadsTogether and their latest digital mental health platform launched today: Every Mind Matters with the NHS, launched to help empower everyone to manage their own mental health. Experts at PHE have worked with mental health specialists to develop an easy to use tool that helps diagnose the state of our mental health and offers personalised advice with simple every day suggestions to deal with stress, anxiety, low mood, and sleeping problems.
Using digital technology to raise awareness and diagnose is undoubtedly smart and will help reach far more people but it doesn't take away the importance of human connection. With approx two-thirds of our lives spent in work, the workplace has a responsibility to do more to help alleviate stress, create environments centred around trust and transparency, recognise when people need support and remove all stigma related to mental health.
Unwind LDN is here to to help companies do exactly that. By bringing art and creative therapies into the workplace, we aim to help people switch off and experience a moment of calm. During our zero fuss, easy to follow classes, people can tap into the right side of the brain and flex creative muscles that are scientifically proven to boost productivity and promote better mental health.