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Mental Health Awareness Week - 13-19 May

In a world that is increasingly opening up to and understanding those with mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firm fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond.

It is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. Since the first campaign in 2001, the Week starts every year on the second Monday in in 2019 it runs from 13-19 May.

Each year the Week focuses on a major issue. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

According to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the Week the MHF will be publishing new research and campaigning for change.


Get involved

Since that first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the MHF has raised awareness of topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship. Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have come together to start conversations around mental health that can change and even save lives.

A Foundation spokesperson said: "With the help ob businesses across the UK - and even globally - this year we want to reach more people than ever."

To see how to get involved - Click Here


Stress & body image

2018's Mental Health Awareness Week was focused on stress. MHF research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year and stress is a key factor in this.

The MHF spokesperson continued: "Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business.

"The year, we want to get the nation talking about body image and mental health.

"Last year we found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

"Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health. However there is still a lack of much-needed research and understanding around this.

"As part of Mental Health Awareness Week the Foundation will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.

"We will use our research to continue campaigning for positive change and publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies.

"By joining us online, you can make a difference. Download our graphics for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (feed and stories) and share with your friends and family."

Facebook: @mentalhealthfoundation

Twitter: @mentalhealth

Instagram: @mentalhealthfoundation

Picture:  One way to raise funds and show support is to donate via the MHF's Green Ribbon pins.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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