Mental health campaign launches in North Somerset


Public health officials in North Somerset are giving their support to a new national mental health campaign.

‘Every Mind Matters’, which is the first national NHS mental health campaign, has been launched today (Monday 7 October) and North Somerset Council are encouraging residents across the area to be more aware of their mental health and discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Cllr Mike Bell, executive member with responsibility for health, said: “Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year – statistically that’s around 36,000 people in North Somerset alone.

“It’s really important we all do what we can to remove the stigma that still exists around mental health and recognise that it’s ok not to be ok.

“This new national Every Mind Matters campaign is an opportunity for us all to be more aware of our mental health and think about things we can do to look after ourselves and stop problems getting any worse – just as we do with our physical health.

“I’d really urge North Somerset residents to go online to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/everymindmatters for help and advice on managing your mental health or helping loved loves, and find out more about the support available in North Somerset.”

To coincide with the launch of Every Mind Matters, North Somerset libraries will be promoting ‘Reading Well’, a collection of titles to help people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. Titles in the collection have been carefully chosen by medical professionals and people living with the conditions and include personal stories from bestselling authors.

The books are available to loan for free at all North Somerset libraries and you can reserve them for free if the book you want is not on the shelf. The books can also be checked out confidentially through self-service machines for a longer loan period of six weeks.

And on Saturday 12 October We Are Aware, in partnership with Papyrus, are hosting a Hopewalk in Portishead to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health.

We Are Aware is a North Somerset based community interest group, supported by North Somerset Council, which promotes good mental health and wellbeing through events and building partnerships with other related organisations. Papyrus is the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide.

The event will start at 6pm, beginning with an introduction from a local couple who tragically lost their son to suicide. The Hopewalk, which will be a lantern-lit walk and talk event, will set off at 6.30pm around the Portishead Marine Lake grounds accompanied by the Ambling Band. The event will finish by Portishead Open Air Pool. The Samaritans will also be there to provide information, support and advice. More information about the Hopewalk is available on their Facebook event or by emailing AwareNorth@gmail.com.

Find out about the support available across North Somerset, as well as practical self-care tips and helpful advice on how to protect yourself and prevent problems worsening, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/everymindmatters.