We're working with the Mental Health Foundation

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Good health isn’t just in the body - it’s in the mind too


We find the current spike in mental health problems deeply worrying. The pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work, live, and socialise.
People are struggling. Anxiety, depression, and even suicide are on the rise - we believe this must change.
That’s why we’re doing everything we can to break down the barriers to getting help with mental ill health - and the stigma and discrimination that surrounds it.
We’re living through tough times, but if we can empower people to better navigate their emotions and achieve more balance in life, our communities will be stronger.

 

Because healthier minds mean better lives.

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A foundation for healthier men's minds


We believe in being proactive when it comes to healthier minds. If people can build habits that help them find a sense of calm, they can avoid issues like anxiety cropping up in the first place.

That makes the Mental Health Foundation a perfect partner for our work with mental health. Prevention is at the heart of everything they do, too.

Over the summer months, we are shining a light on men’s mental health in our campaign ‘Everyman’s Health Matters’, because we know the health and wellbeing benefits that can come from exploring the darkest corners.

That's why we're challenging traditions that are harmful to men's health. We want to make tough conversations easy. So that when men stumble, physically or mentally, they'll reach out for help and make the right choice of prevention over cure.

Take a breath, Bro!

The Blue Prescribing project

Put aside technology and, at our core, human beings are part of the natural world. Spending time outside is so good for our mental health. But many people rarely get the chance to experience the benefits.

That’s why Simplyhealth, the Mental Health Foundation and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have launched an important project, that will allow more people to benefit from time outdoors.

From working on conservation projects to bird-watching, we’ll help people feel the wind on their faces and bring them closer to natural wetland environments and the diverse wildlife that thrives there.

In an increasingly fast-paced world, nature plays a vital part in strengthening mental health. Studies suggest that getting close to ‘watery’ nature such as wetlands can be particularly beneficial to people’s wellbeing.

When people take a breath in the ‘great watery outdoors’, they develop healthier minds – and healthier lives.

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Why connecting with nature and water is so important for our mental health

We are delighted to be partnering with Simplyhealth on the Blue Prescribing project. Blue Prescribing is a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) that delivers six-week mental health self-management courses that focus on accessing nature as a way of sustaining good mental health. The project will include hands-on nature based activities at the London Wetlands Centre, followed by an online course. The project will provide support to 300 people who experience mental health problems and we hope it will help people develop the tools they need to continue to manage their mental health for the long term.
Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director for England & Wales, Research, Policy & Programmes, MHF

Download our Take a Breath e-book

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We’ve teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation and Harry Judd to produce a free e-book designed to help you take a breath and connect with nature.

Inside, you’ll find inspiration and ideas about how to boost your mental wellbeing using the natural world – from ecotherapy and skycology to what to do if you have no outside space. After all, being in nature is important but it’s how we open ourselves up and interact with it that really counts.

Get your Take a Breath e-book

About the Mental Health Foundation

 

“The Mental Health Foundation is the leading charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive."

Mental Health Foundation website

About the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

 

“WWT was founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946 as a conservation charity to protect wetlands for wildlife and people. We believe that showing people first-hand how amazing wetlands are can ignite their passion to help us conserve them – so we also welcome one million visitors every year to our unique wetland reserves.”

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust website

 

Download SimplyMe    

our free health and wellbeing app


Put your health and wellbeing into the palm of your hand by tracking your mind, heart, weight, sleep and activity with SimplyMe.

Thank you to our SimplyMe users who have raised nearly £18,000 for the Mental Health Foundation Blue Prescribing project by taking part in our mental health walk in nature challenge and quiz.


Find out more and download SimplyMe app
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Do you need urgent help?

 

If your mental or emotional state gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available.

You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

Getting help advice from Mental Health Foundation

 

Access to 24/7 help

 

If you have a Simplyhealth plan - remember you have access to a 24/7 confidential helpline that offers compassionate support and structured counselling whatever challenges you face.

Log in to your account and visit My Wellbeing for more information.

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