Mental Health Awareness Week , 14 – 20 May 2018

Key focus

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May), the focus is on stress.  Research shows that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor.

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year.  Common mental health disorders, such as depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder, may affect up to 15% of the population at any one time.  20% of GP's time is given to mental ill health.   

Therefore, promoting mental well-being will improve the quality of life for individuals and reduce the demand on services. 



A healthy mind is just as important as a health body…five simple steps to better mental wellbeing:

Connect – social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health - call a friend, meet for a coffee, join a club.

Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups - run, walk, do the garden, play with the kids.

Take notice – studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being - get off your phone or tablet and spend some time in the moment.

Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life – take a course, learn a new skill, cook a new recipe.

Give – participation in social and community life supports our well-being. Individuals who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy and content.

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