Give a special LifeHacks gift this Valentines Day

This Valentine’s Day why not love yourself and your friends by downloading a new free e-book for mental health?

The Little books of Mental Health LifeHacks are practical guides packed with ideas and links to support mental health. They include true stories from people who’ve tried out some of the LifeHacks (ways of improving life) and aim to keep people feeling positive, happy and well, plus there is advice on how to support friends with their mental health.

The booklets, funded by Somerset County Council Public Health, were created by Somerset Young Mental Health Champions, a group of young people who came together as a result of their work on local mental health forums and with other settings. They found that positive mental health is something you can DO, not something you HAVE.

As a result they set out to create a set of practical booklets with steps to help all young people and their friends help themselves and take action for positive mental health.

Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Health, Somerset County Council said: “Life will always have its ups and downs but with positive mental health we can all deal better with what comes our way in life.

“We worked closely with young people in Somerset to listen to their views and what they need. The result are these booklets which any friend would be pleased to receive – or use them yourself and take steps to love yourself more! There is sound advice here on how to offer good support for a friend with their mental health.”

Sarah Patuck, a Young Mental Health Champion from Somerset said: “This project has been very insightful and a great way to create helpful links for others who need a helping hand. The LifeHacks will hopefully give people the chance to understand and help themselves in their times of need.”

The Little Book of Mental Health LifeHacks provides help suggestions for supporting friends with their mental health:

• Look after yourself first
• Don’t judge
• Make time to listen
• Learn more about mental health
• Spend time with them doing fun stuff
• Encourage healthy choices
• Don’t let their issues dominate
• Let them know you are thinking of them
• Be aware of changes to their mood
• Encourage your friend to get help

To find out more information visit http://www.cypsomersethealth.org/lifehacks

Each book can be downloaded by accessing the following link:

• Little Book of Mental Health LifeHacks
http://www.cypsomersethealth.org/resources/Mental_Health/Mental_Health_Life_Hacks/Mental_Health_Life_Hacks_Booklet_Self.pdf

• Little Book of Mental Health LifeHacks to support a friend.
http://www.cypsomersethealth.org/resources/Mental_Health/Mental_Health_Life_Hacks/Mental_Health_Life_Hacks_Booklet_Friend.pdf

The whole Little Book of Mental Health LifeHacks resources can be viewed on the Somerset LifeHacks website and includes access to promotional posters and postcards which people can collect to display in relevant Somerset settings.

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk