Why our mental health is as important as our physical health

CPFT clinical director Manaan Kar Ray speaks out at the start of mental health awareness week

Why our mental health is as important as our physical health
11 May 2015

The Mental Health Foundation is marking its 15th annual mental health awareness week (11 to 17 May). To find out more click here.

Dr Manaan Kar Ray, Clinical Director of Adults at CPFT says looking after our mental health is just as important as protecting our physical health.

“We all need to look after our mental health. But it should not be seen as separate from our physical health.

“Indeed, the two should go hand in hand.

“There’s no doubt that poor mental health can affect on physical health.

"According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression has been linked to a 67 per cent increased risk of death from heart disease, and a 50 per cent increase in risk of death from cancer.

“Rates of depression are also double in those with diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure.

“Most of us spent on an average 50 per cent of our waking hours at work or in activities related to work.

“Finding purpose and pleasure in what we do is central to positive mental health. Work is no different, if it all became about paying the mortgage then we are on a slippery slope.

“But ways of improving our physical health – and hence our mental health – are open to all of us.

“As well as finding a better work-life balance, we can all do increased amounts of exercise, from simply doing more walking to really rigorous exercise. Anything that gets the heart pumping will generate endorphins, the body’s natural anti-depressants.

“Hence, the benefits will not just be physical, but also mental as well.

“One health advertising campaign used to call on people to 'Look after you heart', but 'Look after your head' is just as apt.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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