Mental Health Awareness Week – how are you feeling?
Peeps is marking Mental Health Awareness Week, wherever you are!
– The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, a common feeling that can sometimes get out of control.
Mental Health Awareness Week, now in its 23rd year, runs from 15-21 May and is hosted by the charity, Mental Health Foundation.
This year, the theme is ‘anxiety’. 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. As part of the campaign, the Mental Health Foundation will be publishing guidance on how we can manage and improve feelings of anxiety and prevent them from developing into a more serious mental health problem.
Sarah Land, Charity Manager say:
“I’m sure most of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. Sometimes it is short-lived, but other times it can sit with us for longer.
HIE events can add a further level – we can be anxious about the health of our child, worry about the future, have anxiety over whether we are doing enough (or too much) in terms of therapies, research etc., play through the “what if’s” over and over again, wonder if we’re the only ones feeling like this, are other’s coping better than us..the list goes on.
Anxiety can also crop up when we may not expect it, and throw us off-guard.
The positive in all of this is that there is support, and no-one has to feel that they are on their own. Talking about anxiety, sharing hints and tips on what might help, and being able to access professional therapy if needed, are all ways of helping.”
Please do get in touch if you could use a little extra support. We have Mental Health First Aiders, trained peer supporters, funding to arrange and set up counselling/trauma therapies for individuals (parents/carers/siblings/grandparents) and couples, and online information. You can fill out our short referral form or give us a call or email.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw