Healthy Peterborough campaign to help residents stress less and sleep more

May sees the Healthy Peterborough campaign enter its third month and turning to focus on mental health.

Healthy Peterborough aims to help residents prevent and tackle common health problems and live healthily for longer. Throughout May the campaign will provide tips and advice to help residents improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health problems affect one in four people, yet many are reluctant to come forward and talk about how they are feeling. The campaign will focus on what people can do to look after their mental health and prevent it from deteriorating. There are lots of things that can help, including managing stress, getting a good night's sleep and talking about any worries.

“Looking after your mental health can be something you fit into your day to day life,” says Peterborough and Fenland Mind’s CEO, Emily Gray. “At Peterborough and Fenland Mind, we promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which focuses on doing five things a day to keep yourself emotionally healthy in the same way eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day keeps you physically healthy.

“The most important thing is to be aware of how you are feeling emotionally and to take time out for yourself. We encourage 'booking an appointment' with yourself on a regular basis to do something that improves your mental health. This could be anything from running a hot bubble bath to training for a marathon, as long as it makes you feel good.”

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Peterborough City Council, said: "Your mental health is every bit as important as keeping your body fit and well. That's why we've included it as part of the ongoing Healthy Peterborough campaign. Residents will see plenty of tips and advice on social media, posters and the web, which will help them think differently about looking after their mental health."

?There are lots of resources and support that can help to improve mental health, as highlighted by Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign. People can take the One You quiz to get feedback on various aspects of their lifestyle and get tips on how to make positive changes - such as getting more sleep or addressing stress.

For local information on sources of support visit Peterborough and Fenland Mind. 

The NHS Choices Mood Zone and Action for Happiness also provide guidance on self-help.

Further information on sources of support and tips will be provided via social media and posters across the city throughout May, and on the Healthy Peterborough website.

The Healthy Peterborough campaign is led by Peterborough City Council and supported by Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Public Health England.

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