Mental Health Awareness Week
Hosted every May by the Mental Health Foundation
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 2022 will take place 9-15 May on the topic of Loneliness.
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.
So, in May 2022, we will be raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.
Previous Mental Health Awareness Week themes
Each year we focus on a different mental health topic for Mental Health Awareness Week. You can see find out more about some of the topics we've covered recently below.
2021 - Nature and mental health
For Mental Health Awareness Week in 2021, we looked at the connection between nature and mental health.
2020 - Kindness
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020 was kindness.