It is important for everyone to take good care of their mental health, which is why I was very pleased to learn about the One Million Lives app as part of Suicide Prevention Week in Parliament.
The One Million Lives app has been set up by a private sector company as a mental health check-in tool which is designed to help enhance users’ understanding of their current state of mind and provide proactive strategies for personal mental health development.
You can look at services such as the One Million Lives tool and to check-in on personal mental health here: https://www.oml.world/
Alongside the One Million Lives app, the charity R;pple was also present. R;pple is a small charity (Charity No.1194331) that works in suicide prevention and you can learn more about their services here: https://www.ripplesuicideprevention.com/
Regular readers of my updates might also remember that earlier this year I raised the subject of mental health policy in the House of Commons at Education Questions with the aim of highlighting the issue of mental health in universities and colleges.
The Government has recently published the Five Year Suicide Prevention Strategy which sets out the Government’s ambitions to reduce suicide rates, improve support for people who have regularly self-harmed and improve support for those left bereaved by suicide. I welcome these announcements from the Government, and you can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-strategy-for-england-2023-to-2028.
(Photo: Sir Michael Ellis MP at the One Million Lives event in Parliament)