- Relaxing your mind, trying tai chi and keeping a ‘mood diary’ are among advice
- Quiz asks five questions based on one’s sleep, stress, anxiety, mood and worries
- Most of the simple advice is the same regardless of the fitness of one’s health
- But concerning responses will prompt suggestion to see a GP or seek NHS help
An NHS mental health drive backed by the Sussexes and the Cambridges has begun dishing out tailored ‘mind plans’ based on a five-question quiz.
Relaxing your muscles and mind, trying tai chi and keeping a ‘mood diary’ are among wide-ranging advice offered to most people.
But particularly concerning responses will prompt a separate alert urging some to visit a GP or make use of free NHS psychological therapy service.
The so-called Fab Four of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate have reunited to front Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign, which aims to overhaul how Britons cope with mental health problems.
The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex (pictured) have thrown their weight behind a new NHS and Public Health England mental health drive
Davina McCall, Bradley Wiggins and Gillian Anderson are among the celebrities who will feature alongside the Royals in a television advert of the new resource tonight.
But the online quiz has already been launched and has started conjuring up tailored advice.
The test asks respondents to consider their mood, sleep, anxiety, stress and worries over the past two weeks.
The first four questions are based on a sliding scale ranking, while the fifth invites people to pinpoint the source of their worries – relationships, money, health and trauma are options.
If you select the top ranking responses for all questions, the algorithm will say: ‘Based on your answers, it looks like you’re doing well. These ideas can help you stay on top of your mental health.’
The campaign has started offering tailored ‘mind plans’ based on an online five-question quiz
Every Mind Matters is backed by a coalition of mental health charities and groups including, including Mind, Samaritans and the Royal College of GPs (the logo is pictured)
Several ideas ranging from keeping fit to trying a new hobby will appear, with the option to swap this suggestion if it’s ‘not for you’.
In addition, separate advice based on your response to the fifth question will also be offered.
For example, if you were to select ‘relationships’ as the cause of your worries, it would provide a link to a separate page focusing on dealing with bereavement and loneliness.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the dedication and ‘bravery’ of the Royals for throwing their weight behind the campaign.Harry, Meghan, William, and Kate narrate first ever Royal advertLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time3:00FullscreenNeed Text
From today, millions of Britons can use the Every Mind Matters website to receive a tailored ‘action plan’ containing clinically-proven steps to improve their mental health. Pictured: a shot from the advert
He said: ‘I want to put on record my admiration for the way the Princes and the Duchesses have contributed to changing how society in the UK, and around the world, think about mental health and their own bravery in speaking out about it.
‘This is one of the most clear examples of them taking that lead and supporting us in a very important project.’
John Newton, from Public Health England, said: ‘We know that this resource is needed because many people lack the knowledge or confidence to take action on their mental health and many wait too long to do so.
‘There are an awful lot of people who fall into the group who could benefit from it.