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16 May 2011 | The Telegraph
A new campaign to make everyone feel more cheerful will be
trialled by the NHS. Taking as its template the "five-a-day"
campaign to get us eating more fruit and vegetables, Mindapples is
a "five-a-day for your mind" programme to benefit mental
well-being. It asks people to think of five mood-boosting
activities - mindapples, for short - and incorporate them into
their daily routine. These can be as simple as a walk in the park,
helping a neighbour, reading a book or even relaxing in the
It is an idea that is gaining ground at a time when both
professionals and politicians are focusing on people's well-being.
The Action for Happiness movement, the world's first, was launched
last month, while, at David Cameron's request, the Office for
National Statistics has included questions in its nationwide survey
to find out how satisfied we are with our lives. The results will
be published in a well-being index, alongside economic growth
There is also increasing concern about mental health problems. A
43 per cent rise in antidepressant prescriptions in the past four
years has been linked to the rise in job insecurity. One in four
people will suffer from a mental health issue during their
lifetime, the most common being anxiety and depression.
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