What is Mental Health Awareness Week and how to get involved?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pulse Nursing at Home is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. Taking place from 13th - 19th May, the initiative began in 2001, with the Mental Health Foundation hosting the annual awareness week to help drive conversations on mental health and create lasting change.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, with issues relating to mental illness being the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK.  Nurses and healthcare workers can come under particular pressure, with rising mental ill health in the industry. So this week is a great opportunity to have a chat with friends, family or colleagues and have think about your own well-being too. 


What is this year’s theme?

Each year, the Mental Health Foundation focuses on a different issue within mental health to highlight, with this year’s theme being ‘body image – how we think and feel about our bodies’. Identified by the MHFA as a key to better mental health, body image and mental wellbeing are closely linked. Shocking new statistics show the impact of body image concerns across the UK – 1 in 8 adults surveyed by the MHFA have felt suicidal because they were so unhappy with how they looked.

Issues concerning our body image can affect all of us at any age. Mental Health Foundation CEO Mark Rowland says this year’s aim is to “ignite a national conversation about how we can be kinder to our bodies, as a guard against the individual, family and cultural influences that can lead to a gnawing and sometimes debilitating sense of dissatisfaction with our bodies.”. 


How to get involved

During the week we will be posting tips, sharing advice and supporting the campaign for change on our Facebook page so be sure to keep an eye out, you can share your comments and opinions using the hashtag #BeBodyKind. To find out more about what you can do for mental health awareness week, you can visit mentalhealth.org.uk. And if you’re worried about someone you know, help is available here.