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10th October 2013

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2013

We all need to consider our mental health alongside our physical health.  This World Mental Health Day send an e-card to friends and family to brighten their day. Why not suggest an activity you think they’d like too? Studies show that giving and connecting to others can bring mutual feelings of warmth, joy and appreciation. 


Start2 will soon be even easier to use

At the beginning of November the Start2 activities will be categorized under wellbeing themes, with Stress Busting, Brain Boosting and Lifestyle Coaching sections, including our new Start2 Be Active section and a generous dollop of new bite-sized activities. Click here to read more.


In the news

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) reports that 80,000 children in the UK are estimated to suffer from severe depression, including 8,000 below the age of 10. (Read full article here).


Also the recent report ’Beyond Breaking Point?’ from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) shows that 55% of nursing staff were unwell with stress in 2012. Reasons cited for the main causes of stress were, "being unable to deliver the care they would like, increasing workloads, feeling unsupported by managers and the rapid pace of change.” (Read more here).


Research shows that creative activity can help with relaxation, so it makes sense to use Start2 in the workplace to boost and maintain positive wellbeing. Start2 is also a family-focused resource offering over 100 enjoyable creative activities to do with your children to benefit the whole family. 


Making creative and artistic activity a part of our regular routine can strengthen, repair and revitalize ourselves, and build up resistance to those old enemies, stress and anxiety. We can even help our immune systems! In a well-known study from the Behavioural Medicine Clinic, Harvard University researchers showed that when we take part in creative activity, it can slow heartbeat and reduce blood pressure. This may be due to the fact that expressive artistic activity releases neurochemicals, including endorphins, into the brain. These neurochemicals assist deep concentration, slow down pulse and breathing, and boost the immune system through what is termed ‘The Relaxation Response’. 


Studies also show that creative activity can build self-esteem and confidence, concentration and focus. It stimulates curiosity in the world around us and helps with feelings of connection to our surroundings, and to other people. It offers the chance to express ourselves, explore our own identity and develop new thinking skills which in turn builds positive life skills.  So what are you waiting for?  Get creative and Start2 top up on your wellbeing.

Share this resource with nurses, families and anyone else you know!


Best wishes


The Start2 team