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Get Moving, MindApples and Happy Mental Health Day

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:38pm

This week has been the best yet and by the time we reached World Mental Health Day on Friday, there can have few people who hadn't noticed something. The media did well. Women's hour, devoted two programmes to it, the first with my new best friend Ruby Wax, Claire Allen and Dr Mezies and myself , and the following day the Phone In was better than anything I have ever heard before. People everywhere "came out" on National Radio to talk about the impact of mental illness on their lives.

Well done BBC

Mind ran events From Walk a Mile for Your Mental Health to local meetings across the country

MindApples is a new approach to mental health and well being. Just as we need five fruit and veg a day for our physical health, we need to work on our mental health. I love it, instead of treating illness, lets work on staying well!!

The idea is that everyone writes about what they do to stay well, and by pooling our knowledge we will learn how to live better healthier lives. The message is clear. Health is up to us and self management is the way forward. Drugs and therapists are all very well if a wheel comes off, but MindApples are there to keep the wheels in place.

Not just tough on mental illness but tough on the causes of mental illness. It is up to us to stay well. Just as eating five-a-day fruit and veg improves our physical health, by putting mental health first we can improve our mental health.

Friday was World Mental Health Day. Well done Uxbridge Mind for hosting an excellent day, with speakers including Martin Townesend author "The Father that I had", Mind book of the Year and Editor of the Sunday Express and myself.

Let's Celebrate Mental Health, and even make it a National half-Holiday. An afternoon when we go for a walk together, talk to a stranger and do something for our own and others Mental Health. Lets make Happy Mental Health Day the best National Day we have. Not least because one in four of the population have a direct interest in getting better mental health. Send greetings to everyone we know and use it as an excuse to have a bit of fun!

Its a long time til Christmas, until then have "Happy Mental Health"

Copyright (c) Dr. Liz Miller
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