Mental Health Awareness Week, now in its 23rd year, runs from 15th – 21st May 2023.
This year, the theme is ‘anxiety’. Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem. 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. Focusing on anxiety for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week will help increase people's awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.
At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change - making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.
Across the UK, people are encouraged to get involved by sharing their experience of anxiety and the things that can help with the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety.
The CTS team at Murray Hall and people across the country will also be wearing green to help raise awareness.
“We all experience anxiety but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem. However, there are things we can do to manage feelings of anxiety and stop them becoming overwhelming. For example, breathing exercises, physical activity, speaking to a trusted friend, or keeping a diary. We hope people all over the UK will take part and help us to normalise conversations about anxiety and mental health. Most importantly, we hope people understand more about what they can do to manage anxiety and what other support is available.”
(Alexa Charnley, Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Mental Health Foundation)
Get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week:
During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety to share experiences of anxiety and the things that help
It’s time to go green for Mental Health Awareness Week. Run a Wear It Green Day and raise money to help fight for good mental health for all.
Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace, and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with Mental Health Awareness Week.
Support from Murray Hall:
Creative Therapeutic Services have a range of projects and services available to help support your mental health and wellbeing. Find out more here.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw