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Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation, taking place on the second Monday in May each year. In 2019, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 13th to the 19th May.
The week is a fantastic opportunity for everyone around the UK to share their stories, struggles and successes, in order to raise awareness around mental health in general, as well as to break down the stigmas that often accompany the topic of mental health.
What is this year’s theme?
Each year the Mental Health Foundation assigns a theme to Mental Health Awareness Week, in order to focus discussion and generate conversation. The theme for 2019 is Body Image.
Body image is an incredibly broad topic, and relates to the way people see themselves physically, as well as the way people think that other people see them. It can be a particularly sensitive topic for some people, as the discussion can often include issues such as weight, body shape, height and facial/body features. Body image can often be related to mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression.
How can my workplace get involved?
Body image can be incredibly difficult to discuss in the workplace, as it relates to highly personal feelings and emotions. The Mental Health Foundation suggests a Tea & Talk Event as a really simple idea to get people chatting, and it can also be a great opportunity to raise funds to support mental health charities. Similarly, you could host a workplace bake sale to raise money and awareness, to get people chatting about mental health. Just because there’s a theme, you don’t need to stick to it – any positive discussion around mental health can be of fantastic benefit to your staff.
Head over to the Mental Health Foundation’s website to learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week. They also have a variety of resources available in order to promote awareness.
If you would like to learn more about the mental health services that New Leaf Health can offer your business, visit the mental health section of our website or click here.