Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 13th-19th May 2019 and the theme focused on this year is body image. It has been running since 2001 to raise awareness of mental health problems such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.
The Mental Health Foundation offer a lot of resources and information about how you can raise awareness and run your own events. Their supporters pack can be downloaded here.
Some statistics from the Mental Health Foundation on why recognising mental health problems are so important :-
- 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents
- Working people with mental health problems contribute £226m a year to the UK economy – that’s 12.1% of GDP
- In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK
If you are think you suffer from or are struggling with a Mental Health problem, don’t be afraid to talk about it or ask for help. This is the first step to help in understanding it and helping you deal with the effects. If you would like to book a counselling appointment, please fill out this form or contact me here.