It’s Mental Health Awareness Week during 14th – 20th May this year, and as your local mental health charity we have lots of events planned throughout and we would love your support!
This year’s theme is ‘Stress: Are We Coping?’ – Research has shown that over two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetime in the UK and, unsurprisingly, stress seems to be a key factor at play.
By tackling stress early on, we can help tackle mental health problems including anxiety and depression. That’s why, during Mental Health Awareness Week, we want you to help us share the positive ways we can deal with stress and show support for those who are going through a stressful or difficult time.
We’ve organised a host of events throughout the week including our very first Mental Health and Wellbeing event on Thursday 17th in Culver Square, Colchester. Sue Sullivan, our Adult Services Manager, will be at the Debenhams café for a ‘drop-in’ session; if you have any questions on mental health or would like to know more about local services in the area, Sue is the one to ask!
We have also organised free evening film screenings of ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ at Chelmsford and Colchester, in partnership with North Essex IAPT. Take some time out to enjoy the film and show solidarity with those affected by mental health.
Angela, our Adult Services Manager, will be doing a talk on ‘The 5 Ways to Wellbeing’ on Friday 18th in Clacton – why not pop by and find out more about how you can incorporate it into your daily life and improve your wellbeing and help keep stress in check.
To find more and to see a list of all our events happening near you, click here.
Want to help spread the word?
- Keep an eye on our social media posts and tweet your own tips and advice by using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and find us on all digital channels @mnessexmind.
- Share, comment on or ‘like’ our social media posts (and be sure to give us a ‘follow’)!
- Share your own story and experiences with mental health
- Why not host your own event – think about ways you can bring friends, family or colleagues together and start conversations about mental health and stress.
You can also order your free copy of our information booklet ‘How to Manage Stress’ – just email the fundraising team to request a booklet and remember to include your postal address and we’ll get it sent out to you.
‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ is an annual awareness week founded by the Mental Health Foundation.