Raising Awareness for Mental Health Week 2013. 13th May – 19th May 2013

Posted by Samantha Rentz on February 10th 2013
  • Founded in 2001, Mental Health Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation.

The aim of this week is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health. This event is also a vehicle to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity which supports research into mental health issues, promotes better mental health, campaigns to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health, and develops better mental health services.

A theme is often set which provides a focus for the week. Over the years, themes have included exercise, alcohol, friendship, fear, anger and loneliness. Each of these topics can affect mental health.

For 2011, the theme was ‘Sleep Matters’. Refreshing sleep is essential for both our physical and mental health. Inadequate sleep can cause or compound mental health problems and affect our relationships with others. Poor sleep is often linked to the mental health problems of anxiety and depression.

Throughout this week, talks, tips and guidance, are offered to schools, universities, doctors surgeries and local authorities across the UK to encourage more people to become involved in this week.

For more information about how sleep can affect us and for tips on getting better sleep, find out about Better Sleep Month, another awareness event which falls on the month of May.

The theme for 2012 is ‘Helping Others’.

Fundraising events organized by the Mental Health Foundation for this week, and in many cases throughout the year, include:

  • Sky Diving
  • ‘Get On Your Bike’
  • ‘Once In A Life Time Challenges’
  • ‘Tea & Talk’
  • ‘Run For Mental Health’

The Mental Health Foundation provide a fundraising pack for those who wish to get involved.

To promote this event and other fundraising activities throughout the year, resources including balloons, posters and leaflets are also available upon request.

For more information on Mental Health Week, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

2 Responses to “Raising Awareness for Mental Health Week 2013. 13th May – 19th May 2013”

  1. April 06, 2013 at 12:22 pm, Sandra said:

    You understand health and fitness are both subject matters that are largely reviewed online, however not a great deal of individuals understand methods to tackle them. Great blog and keep up the great work in helping raise awareness!


    • April 09, 2013 at 6:44 pm, Samantha Rentz said:

      Thank you Sandra and please spread the word and help raise awareness.


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