This Friday in our mental health news round-up, we're taking a look at the Heads Together campaign again - it really is making headlines! - some simple stress relieving tips you can put to work right now and a new initiative from the BBC called #1in4.
Health experts could talk about the importance of getting rid of the mental health stigma all day. But would anyone really pay attention to them? To get people who may not usually feel comfortable talking about mental health - as well as young people - to open up about their experiences, the BBC has launched a new campaign. Called #1in4 - search the hashtag on Twitter, it's really interesting - the campaign is getting celebrities, online influencers and everyone else to share a selfie of them with the hashtag #1in4. The point being that 1 in 4 people in the UK struggle with mental health issues, a figure that seems big but will hopefully prove comforting for those who are in need of help themselves. Not to mention it's great to see big stars like David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy get involved.
If you haven't heard of Heads Together you've probably been living under a rock over the past few weeks! The new campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has got a dizzying amount of media coverage recently - and it's so great to see. The point of the campaign is to get people talking about their emotional well-being, with many celebs (and even the royals themselves) sharing their own experiences and talking about the benefits of couselling. This post from The Sun gets you up to speed if you've missed the media hype.
Whenever there's a new mental health initiative - or any kind of initiative for that matter - the naysayers will always come out to ask, "but will it REALLY make a difference?". Well, it looks like the Heads Together campaign already is! A number of top, UK-based mental health charities are already reporting an increase in calls. Now admittedly this might not last forever, but it's still really positive to see such immediate results and proves if you get the right people talking - in this case Prince Harry - you can really reach people. Here's to more talking!
When you're living with stress and anxiety on a daily basis, we know first-hand that it can be really challenging to get on with everyday tasks. But there are a few simple steps you can take to make your day a little easier. This post from Time explores some tried-and-tested tips, like staying active, avoiding alcohol and stop searching for a 'magic bullet' cure and accepting it'll take time instead. Amen!
Thanks for checking out this week’s mental health news roundup. Do check in next week for more of the latest news about counselling, therapy, mental health and some tips to make life easier for those suffering with mental health problems - whether you yourself are finding it hard to cope or a friend or relative needs some support.
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Main Image Via BBC Mind Matters #1in4