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Mental Health problems have a huge impact on the lives of millions of people across the UK; one in four adults and one in ten children report suffering from the effects of mental health issues each year. However, it is estimated that only around a quarter of those receive ongoing treatment leaving the remainder having to cope with their issues alone or depending on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

There are many factors which can trigger periods of poor mental health including; social isolation or loneliness, death of a loved one, unemployment or losing a job and social disadvantage such as poverty and debt. Many people see daily life as a battle and a struggle to find the balance between work and family commitments putting extraordinary amounts of pressure on themselves to reach expectations. Mental Health disorders can be highlighted within individuals in many ways such as through: bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety and panic attacks and depression.

The Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May since 2000 to try to give those with mental health issues a chance to seek help, and to give the rest of us lucky enough not to be in need the opportunity to become more knowledgeable on the subject and help raise awareness. In previous years the focus has been on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can impact our mental health; this year the theme is ’surviving to thriving.’ This theme has been picked as too many people feel we are only just keeping our heads above water with the daily stresses from work, family life and income. According to the Mental Health Foundation increasing numbers have accepted that experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress and depression are the price we have to pay for keeping our lives on track. From the 8th-14th May 2017 the focus is to prompt a national conversation regarding what we can do to help all of us move our mind set from purely trying to survive each day to striving to do the best we can with the tools we have and be happy with our lives.

Mental Health Awareness week is a good chance to education those who do not know much on the topic and give a lending hand to others who may be in need of a little more support. There are numerous shows and events taking place up and down the country from the 8th-14th May which can be found through looking at the Mental Health Foundation website. Also the foundation will be posting information and stories on social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which you can follow and join in on the discussions to help increase awareness.
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