Mental health Awareness Week falls between May 10th and May 16th. The global initiative began as a way to start conversations about a topic that still retains much stigma.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness, with 1 in 25 living with a serious mental illness. If you or a loved one have been affected by mental illness and would like to participate in Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some ideas and activities to consider:
Mental health is a topic that is continually being thought about and studied. New research reveals facts we didn’t know just a decade ago. It’s always good to stay up-to-date with the latest information. Plus the more informed you are, the better able you’ll be to talk with others about mental health.
Reach Out to Friends and Family
Many people deal with depression and anxiety, but they don’t reach out for help. This week, check-in with your loved ones to see how they might really be doing. If you feel they could use support, introduce the idea of getting some help from a caring professional.
You can do your part to draw attention to Mental Health Awareness Week through your social media pages, personal blog, or by writing an opinion piece for your local paper. You may want to point out that the stigma still attached to mental illness can cause people to suffer. Invite others to take part in the conversation so we can finally break the stigma and get people to help.
Mental health is not a joke, it needs to be taken seriously so that people who need help can receive it. Let’s all take part in this Mental Health Awareness Week and spread the message.