Mental Health Awareness Week – Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week offers people the opportunity to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing support, guidance and advice.
It is an annual event focussed on giving the whole of the UK the opportunity to focus on achieving the best possible mental health and wellbeing.
Did you know - As many as one in four adults in the UK suffer with some form of mental health illness. That is 25% of the enire UK population!
Why loneliness is the focus this year
Loneliness affects the mental health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, as well as millions of people in this country (UK) every year. The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic research found that loneliness has been significantly impacted by the pandemic in recent years.
“Loneliness has been an important factor contributing to higher levels of distress, resulting from people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others.
“Further polling also found that loneliness was one of the leading issues that the public felt needed to be addressed.”
Chief Executive, Mark Rowland, of the Mental Health Foundation, added:
“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.
“That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we must find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness.
“We can all play a part in this. The week is also an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice.”
How you can get involved:
Mental Health UK suggests a number of ways to get involved, including:
1. Raise awareness
2. Invite conversations
3. Volunteer your time
4. Ask others to act
It also suggests downloading its Connect for Mental Health board to help you - “build meaningful connections with your friends, family, colleagues, and communities throughout Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond”.
Mental health is a silent killer and it can often be the people who you least suspect to be suffering that are suffering the most.
We at Protest ES Ltd urge you to always check in with your friends, family and colleagues regarldess of whether they have shown any signs of struggling mentally or not.