Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week will take place from 14-20 May on the theme of stress.
While stress isn't a mental health problem in itself, it can lead to a range of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and even self-harm and suicide. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackling mental health problems.
Hold 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!
Our fundraising team have got you covered with more event ideas for the workplace, schools and your communities.
Don't forget to add your event to our activity map - you can also see what other people are planning during the week.
Spread the word
During the week we will be posting stories and information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please follow us to help us share our messages and to join in the discussion. You can also let us know what you're getting up to by using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Share your story
If you have a personal story about surviving or thriving and would like to share it with us, please send through 600 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.