Anxiety is the focus of May’s week, and the Mental Health Foundation invites people to participate in fundraising events to support its work.
Every year, Mental Health Awareness Week provides a chance to become more knowledgeable about problems relating to mental health and to promote change.
This is a moment for communities and decision-makers to get together and discuss ways to make our society more understanding, conscious, and supportive of mental health.
Every year, the week’s topic is different. For instance, prior years’ themes included kindness and body image, as well as nature and mental health.
Here is information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, including its date, its topic, and ways that you can participate.
When Is Mental Health Awareness Week 2023?
The week of May 15–21 is designated as Mental Health Awareness Week in this year’s calendar.
The week was established by the Mental Health Foundation 27 years ago with the intention of motivating and enlightening people to recognise the importance of both their own and others’ mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 Theme
Anxiety is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
According to a recent poll by the Mental Health Foundation, a quarter of adults stated their anxiety prevented them from performing the activities they wanted to accomplish occasionally or always.
There is neither a single cause nor a single answer. We’re all unique, after all! But the longer we experience loneliness, the greater the chance of developing mental health issues. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
The foundation spoke about the theme and noted that while anxiety is a normal sensation that everyone experiences occasionally, it may spiral out of control and cause mental health issues.
“Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food.”
How To Get Involved With Mental Health Awareness Week
There are numerous methods for you to participate.
The Mental Health Foundation frequently urges people to participate on social media by posting their own stories and using specific hashtags. The hashtags for this year, however, have not yet been made public.
Additionally, you can skydive to raise money for the non-profit. You may join up for the event for just £35 thanks to a 50 percent registration fee discount from the foundation, but you must pledge to raise £395.
You can contribute to the charity and aid in its efforts to promote universally sound mental health.
To generate money for the cause, you may also host a Wear It Green Day at your school or place of employment.
The Mental Health Foundation: What Is It?
A charity in the UK called The Mental Health Foundation was founded in 1949. It participates in peer and community initiatives, conducts research on the root causes of poor mental health, organises public awareness drives, and pushes for reform to address those issues.
According to the foundation’s website “Prevention is at the heart of what we do. Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 70 years and we aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.”
How You Can Get Involved
Speak out and share why you’re fighting. Whether you use social media or simply speak with friends, family or colleagues – mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 by telling those around you why you’ve joined the fight for mental health and help create a movement for change.