Mental Health Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

This week is Mental Health week so we have put together this blog post on why good mental health and wellbeing should be seen as vitally important by everyone.

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Week focuses on supporting better mental health. Anyone can be affected by mental health problems at any time, so it is important to make sure that the relevant information and support is readily available.

What is a Mental Health Problem?

Sometimes it can be hard to understand what someone means when they talk about mental health problems. These can range from common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Why is Mental Health so Important?

Good mental health means being able to feel, react and think in the ways that enable you to live your life. Mental health problems affect about 1 in 4 people every year.

Experiencing bad mental health is often upsetting and confusing, especially at first. It is important to remember to seek help, talk about it and most importantly to remember that mental health problems are a common human experience.

This Year’s Theme: Body Image

‘Body Image’ is the term used to describe how someone thinks about their body. The thoughts and feelings some people have about their bodies can impact their mental health and wellbeing. Higher body dissatisfaction is thought to be associated with psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and disorders.

To read more about this year’s theme, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

To get more information on mental health, visit the Mind website.

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