What Is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Hosted annually by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is a time to shine the spotlight on mental health problems

Each year, the Mental Health Foundation choose something specific to focus on. This year they’re raising awareness for stress, the problems it causes and how we can cope. As stated on their website:

“By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.”

A study ran by the foundation showed that 51% of adults who felt stressed also reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious. If you’re concerned about stress, here are some helpful tips on how to manage and reduce it.

How You Can Raise Awareness

This year MH Awareness week falls between the 14th and 20th May. During this time there are lots of events taking place that you can join in with. Look at this map to see what is going on across the UK.

Social media is a brilliant tool for shedding light on mental health. It can be used to share personal stories, show solidarity and increase understanding.

The international symbol for mental health awareness is a green ribbon, so wearing one will instantly demonstrate your support. Order a green ribbon badge here (all proceeds go to the mental health foundation).

Mental Health Awareness Green Ribbon

Understanding Mental Health Problems

A big part of this week is about reducing the stigma surrounding mental ill-health. Check out the following Fumble articles to gain an understanding of two common disorders.

Depression 101

Understanding Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

There is lots of information available on the internet, but the mental health page on the NHS website is a reliable place to start.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed awareness week this year – mental health is relevant all year round! There is never a bad time to support others, donate to charity, educate yourself and help to reduce the stigma.

Further Reading:

We Need To Talk About Suicide