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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week, between 8th and 14th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

Now in its 17th year, Mental Health Awareness Week have previously focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Surviving or Thriving’ which has been chosen to highlight that good mental health is more than just the absence of a mental health problem and is designed to make us think about why too few of us are living with good mental health.

Too many of us accept that experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety are the price we pay to keep our lives on track.

Working hours blur into leisure time and the rise of social media changes the way we interact with friends, families and our communities.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 will provide the opportunity to celebrate and appreciate good mental health as an asset that helps us to thrive. This is not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with its challenges.

The Mental Health Foundation will be using the week to look at:

  • How many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two.
  • Why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive.
  • What steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
  • Why don’t you also get involved? Mental Health Awareness week is a great opportunity to get people talking about mental health.

Physically, as a society we’re becoming healthier; the same cannot be said about the health of our minds. By 2030 depression will be the leading cause of illness globally.

Below is an animation which explores how we can move from surviving to thriving…

For further information, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

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