Health Promotion Campaign

Health Promotion

Hi everyone,

My name is Lydia, and I am taking a UK Health and Social Care BTEC course. As part of my coursework, I have to create and deliver a health education campaign, and I decided to base it around mental in the form of a guest blog, so Simon has very kindly let me do a post on The Edge Search. In this post, I will discuss a straightforward strategy that anyone can use to help improve/maintain their mental health, CLANG. Please complete the survey below or comment on any of Simon's social media!

(Please be aware that any feedback via social media comments or via the survey will be used as part of my coursework.)

Thank you.

WARNING- This post contains themes that may be upsetting or distressing for some readers.

Every day in the news and across social media, there are constant articles about the mental health crisis and the fact that more and more people are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, etc. Statistics state that 'suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, which is why we need to care for our mental health as much as possible. The stresses of 21st-century living can sometimes feel overwhelming, and we are constantly being pulled in different directions: friends, family, work, relationships, social media, and sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with it all. We all know we should eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly, but many don't know how to look after our mental health. 'With an estimated 50% of all Americans diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, what can we do, as individuals, to help ourselves?

In the UK, health professionals promote an acronym CLANG, which can be applied anywhere, at any time, to protect and improve our mental health. It is straightforward, requires no equipment, can take as little as half an hour a day, and doesn't have to cost you a thing. Regularly following this strategy can decrease stress levels, make you feel happier, and cope better with daily life.

CLANG stands for Connect, Learn, Active, Notice, and Give. Connect involves anything where you interact with other people; this could be as simple as sending a text message to a friend, smiling at a stranger, or asking a work colleague what they did at the weekend. The component learning is self-explanatory; it is all about widening your mind and gaining knowledge, trying to take up a new hobby, doing an online course such as learning a language or reading a book. Again, being active is very simple. Each day, you should do some form of physical activity, such as playing a sport, but if you are like me, you may be adverse to exercise! But that's okay; dance around the living room to your favorite song, go for a walk, or even hover around the house. Anything is better than nothing. What does physical activity have to do with mental health? It is scientifically proven that moving our bodies and increasing our heart rate releases endorphins, which help improve our mood.

Notice basically involves being more aware of your surroundings and thinking about what you can hear, feel, see, and smell around you at that very moment. Take time, be in the moment, hear the birds sing, and appreciate the sun's warmth. Finally, giving involves doing your bit for society, and there is such a wide range of things you could do, for example, make a cake for a family member you haven't seen in a while, volunteer at your local food bank, or sign an online petition and make a difference. The possibilities are endless.

Try to apply CLANG to your everyday life as we all have mental health, and by nourishing and attending to it, it will grow, adapt, and become more resilient to stand the challenges we all will face at some point in our lives.

Thank you for reading.

If you feel that you or someone you know is at serious risk of harm due to their mental health or suffering a mental health crisis, please phone '9-1-1'3 or attend your nearest 'emergency department. There is also the 'National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ('' 6) that you can contact.

If you require non-urgent additional support or advice, please make an appointment with your GP or other health professional for more information. Also, below are links to various mental health charities and helplines:

Please note that I am not a medical professional;

 I am simply giving my own views, opinions, and advice about CLANG, and CLANG is not a treatment plan for someone with a diagnosed mental health condition. CLANG is simply a complementary strategy that can be used alongside a treatment plan for people with low-level mental health needs or anyone interested in looking after their mental health.


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