New campaign aims to improve Wiltshire people's mental health (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Top tips offered on World Mental Health Day
8:00am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
A campaign is being launched on World Mental Health Day, next Wednesday, which aims to help people improve their mental wellbeing.
A group of local organisations have worked in partnership to develop the campaign.
The aim is to raise awareness of the manageable and practical things people can do to lead a healthier, happier life.
The campaign is structured around ten simple ways to improve wellbeing by making small, achievable lifestyle changes.
It includes suggestions for some of the many groups and activities that people can take part in across Wiltshire that can help to improve wellbeing.
Maggie Rae, corporate director of public health and public protection for Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire, said: “People in Wiltshire are generally happier than the national average.
"However a range of factors such as the economic downturn have the potential to affect people’s health and mental wellbeing.”
“This campaign includes a range of practical and local suggestions to support and help people, including organised activities such as walking groups, courses and volunteering.
"The great thing about these tips is that it reminds us that even a small change in our daily lives can make a big difference to our health and wellbeing.”
There are a series of posters and a pocket-sized booklet which have been shared with the local partner organisations who will be promoting the themes - the partners include Wiltshire Money, Wiltshire Council, NHS Wiltshire, Citizens Advice Bureau, Wiltshire College and the Wiltshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum.
A series of events are also being held across the county to mark the day and promote the campaign.
To view the ten tips to help improve mental wellbeing and for more information visit www.wiltshiremoney.org.uk
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