About Mental Health Awareness Week
From The Mental Health Foundation:
“The Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness Week 21 years ago and we continue to set the theme, organise and host the week. It’s an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health and has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we’re raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.
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.
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.”
From Mental Health UK
Mental Health Awareness Week is happening between 9 to 15 May 2022. The official theme is ‘loneliness’ and, across the week, we encourage you to build meaningful connections with your friends, family, colleagues and communities.
“We all talk and experience mental health in different ways.
As you know next week (9-15 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and we want people to speak about their own experiences in whatever way they feel comfortable.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re using spoken word to show the different ways people talk about their experiences. We all experience and talk about mental health differently. But we aren’t always listened to. And we aren’t always represented. Download our Mental Health Awareness Week materials and let your friends and family know: “If this speaks to you, speak to Mind.””
From the Samaritans
“Around 3 million people in England said they felt lonely often in the last two years. Loneliness is different for everyone and there are no rules for when or how a person may experience it.”