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Local residents Mareesha Morris and Sharon Sinclair support the Every Mind Matters campaign

Added: Friday 16th November 2018 10:19:41 AM

Local residents Mareesha Morris and Sharon Sinclair support the Every Mind Matters campaign

On World Mental Day (10 October) Public Health England (PHE) launched its Every Mind Matters campaign in the Midlands. The campaign is encouraging adults to recognise their mental health is as important as their physical health and there is always something we can do to look after our minds.

Mareesha Morris from West Bromwich and Sharon Sinclair from Birmingham are both supporting the campaign and speak openly about how they dealt with their own mental health issues.

Mareesha said: “I had to accept that mental health problems can affect anyone at anytime so that I could overcome the shame I felt from struggling and seek the help that I needed. I underwent therapy to get to the root cause of my feelings but having a strong network of friends and family has also really helped me.”

“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have to wait until we are struggling to take steps to look after our mental health, there’s lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems from escalating, in the same way we would approach our physical health. I’m very glad that the Every Mind Matters campaign is highlighting this.”

Sharon said: “I suffered trauma after being involved in a major road incident. I knew something was wrong when I wasn’t sleeping well, I experienced nightmares and flashbacks which affected my everyday life.

I sought help, a combination of talking therapies and art really helped me on my journey to recovery. I aspire to set up a social enterprise to benefit others and hope this campaign will help people realise that they are not alone, encourage more open positive discussions about mental health and help people to realise that there is always something we can do.”

Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future as well as help us feel better, sleep better and help to us have more positive relationships. To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own Action Plan, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/Every-Mind-Matters

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