Public engagement

Our Public Engagement work is focused on offering the public evidence-based, free information to help them look after their own and their loved ones’ mental health.

We are the home of Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place every May and mark other events like World Mental Health Day in October. Throughout the year we run awareness campaigns targeting some of the people most at risk of mental ill health.

You can find out more about some of our public engagement work below.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted every May by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week
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Green ribbon

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. Wear a green ribbon to show colleagues, loved ones or simply those you walk past that you care about their mental health.

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World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The theme of 2021 was 'Mental health in an unequal world'.

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What's Up with Everyone?

This campaign aims to increase mental health literacy by understanding and managing life's challenges before they affect mental health.
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Healthy Relationships

For this campaign, we partnered with Fastn and Leaders Unlocked to talk to young people about healthy relationships; what's important, how they recognise, build and maintain healthy relationships, and how relationships impact mental health.

Healthy Relationships
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Behind the Books

The #BehindtheBooks university campaign aims to help uni students talk about their mental health, to realise when they’re struggling, to provide tips on ways to cope, and to normalise the ups and downs of uni life.

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Our work on men's mental health

When we consider men’s mental health it’s hard to look beyond the fact that suicide is a leading cause of death for men up to the age of forty. We want to share with you the work we do at the Mental Health Foundation to tackle men's mental health.

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Suicide prevention

Prevention is something that we can all individually help with. A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make the difference between life and death for them.

Adult Programmes
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Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is a campaign run by NHS England, which features the mental health tool My Mind Plan at the heart of their resources and advice for those facing mental health problems.

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Unlock Loneliness

The #UnlockLoneliness campaign aims to raise awareness of loneliness in young people, provide tips to help you cope and actions that the government can take to tackle loneliness.

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