Mental Health Awareness Week FAQs

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place ever May and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

What is Mental Health Awareness Week and why does it matter?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

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.

What do you actually want people to do during the Week? 

The Week is an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice.

Each year we have a different theme that we focus on for the week and there are always various ways that people can take part. 

You can follow #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek on social media to see what people are doing to mark the week.