Alex Scott BBC Headroom

Headroom launches to help improve our mental health

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Headroom is a new resource from The BBC to help us all with out mental health

Fronted by Alex Scott MBE, the BBC is creating a single, easy to find destination for people to turn to that brings the breadth of our mental health content across its services together in one place. It’s another important and timely initiative, and is one of several such including the BBC’s own Soundscapes for Wellbeing, Channel 4’s Rap Therapy and Netflix’s Headspace.

The statistics quoted by The BBC are sobering:

loneliness has risen from 10 percent of UK adults in March to 25 percent in November and the proportion who say they are coping well with the stress of the pandemic has fallen steadily, from almost three quarters in April to 62 percent in November.

Headroom is a dedicated online resource that recognises the impact the pandemic is having on everyone’s mental health; a toolkit for the mind to help people look after themselves with practical everyday tips, inspiring personal stories, activities and music mixes to boost your mood, escape and relax.

Alex Scott is one of several sports personalities who have talked openly about mental health for some time, and had this to say:

“As someone who has been more vocal about their own mental health journey over the past couple of years, I am honoured to be the ambassador for BBC Headroom. This mental health ‘online hub’ is a project I am very passionate about and believe this is absolutely something we need right now. Whilst I will always advocate for physical wellness, mental wellness is as important, especially during lockdown, and after such a tough year. Whether it’s tips, stories, playlists, documentaries, films, projects, advice or education services, BBC Headroom is an online-support network to help us all navigate this challenging time and beyond.”

You can find out more from the link above or the BBC’s press release.