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Mental Health Awareness Week

The WHO says "depression is one of the leading causes of disability and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.

People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions".

Despite that in recent years there has been increasing acknowledgment of its importance, people with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination, and stigma.

21 years ago, The Mental Health Foundation started the Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year we want as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health. However, the Week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.

Each year includes a different theme that they focus on for the week and there are various ways for people to take part.

This year it will run from Monday 9 May until Sunday 15 May 2022 and will explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.

The Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic research has found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and loneliness has been an important factor contributing to higher levels of distress, resulting from people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we much find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this

How can you play your part? Follow #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek on social media to see how people are marking the week.

We’d like to raise mental health awareness to increase understanding and reduce stigma to make the workplace a safer place for employers and employees.

You can win one of our online courses!

Have a look at our competition on Instagram and start making a difference!

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