Mental Health Awareness Week
This week (9 - 15 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and the theme this year is 'Loneliness'. Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic.
Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Sadly, long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
To get involved and to help raise awareness, the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to:
- Use the hashtag #IveBeenThere on social media to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum
- Sign up to walk, run or jog as part of the 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
By highlighting loneliness and its impact on mental health, we hope to reduce stigma and support more people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness. The Mental Health Foundation has resources on looking after your mental health, a student guide to loneliness, and a loneliness school pack.