Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2017

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Monday 8th to Sunday 14th May: Mental Health Awareness Week

May sees the return of the annual Mental Health Awareness Week, the brainchild of the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is ‘surviving or thriving?’ with good mental health being more than the absence of a mental health problem.
To support this year’s week you could get involved by doing any of the following:
Host an event
Think about ways you can bring people together and start conversations around mental health. Some suggestions could be to:
Host a wellbeing walk – with friends, colleagues or people in your community
Set up a stand in your local hospital, community centre, library or supermarket
Hold a series of lectures or talks on mental health – make it interactive as possible and get the audience involved!

Attend an event
We are co-hosting two Wellbeing Days this year:
Firstsite, Colchester, on Wednesday 10th May from 10am to 3pm.
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, on Thursday 11th May from 10am to 3pm.
You can get your free tickets at
There will also be free workshops you can attend at both days and lots of local organisations who support good mental health. Do come along and say hello!
Spread the word
During the week we will be posting stories and information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All can be found at @mnessexmind. Please follow us to help us share our messages and to join in the discussion. You can also let the Mental Health Foundation know what you’re getting up to by using the tag #MHAW17.
Share your story
If you have a personal story about surviving or thriving and would like to share it with us for us to share on our digital channels (like our website and Facebook), please send through 400 words to
Thank you