It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and Mind is always on hand to provide information and support for anyone that needs it. But this week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have think about your own wellbeing too. You could even join one of Mind’s campaigns to help make sure no one experiences a mental health.
What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
‘I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it’s because there was, but I didn’t understand mental health fully’.
It’s a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you are on that spectrum.
Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2018 from 14 – 20 May.
In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.
In 2018, Mental Health Awareness Week has been focused on stress. “Research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year,” explains the Mental Health Foundation, “and stress is a key factor in this.” As part of its attempts to further open dialogue about mental health, the foundation has organised a so-called “Curry and Chaat” initiative – where people get together with friends and enjoy their company over a curry, raising money for good causes.
Download your free ‘Curry and Chaat’ fundraising pack here with posters, place mats and a planning guide.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 May 8th to May 12th 2017, Tesco’s Aachen Way Store on Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax, will be hosting an event over three days, on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
The event will enable customers and colleagues to access information and resources, in order to encourage better mental health in our community.
Local Mental Health organisations involved include Healthy Minds, Insight Healthcare, Improving Access To Psychological Therapies, Staying Well & Andy’s Man Club.
Customers are invited to come and have an informal chat with the representatives of the various organisations to find out what support is available locally and to discover what they can do to improve mental health for themselves, for family members or friends.
Organiser Tracy Smith, Community Champion at Tesco Aachen Way explains,
“With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health issue each year, we have several colleagues here who feel the need for a wider awareness. Through the presence of Mental Health practitioners and support groups who operate within our community, we hope to promote the support that can be accessed locally. At the same time, we hope to contribute towards the movement to remove stigma around mental health issues.”
During Mental Health Awareness Week, Insight Healthcare will be opening its doors and you are invited to go along and find out more about the service and therapies they provide.
Thursday 19 May 2016 – Between 11.30am and 2pm
At Insight Healthcare, Prospect House, 18 Clare Road, Halifax, HX1 2HX
Visit the new therapy site, pick up some self-help materials, meet the team and enjoy some refreshments on your visit.