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Mental Health Awareness Week - 8th – 14th May 2017

Written by: Carly Harrison
The Mental Health Foundation has held Mental Health Awareness Week in May spanning back 17 years. Previous years has presented followed various themes including how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can influence our mental health. This year the theme is ‘Surviving to Thriving’.

Many people experiencing Mental Health see everyday life as a battle; holding down a 9-5, managing and support family, paying bills and dealing with what some may see as simple tasks can overwhelm those experiencing Mental Health.

Statistics have shown increasing numbers of people are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression and Mental Health Awareness Week are here to raise awareness and offer support to those in these challenging situations.

Early 2017, a survey of 2290 people was conducted with the aim of understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems in England, Scotland and Wales, the key findings are below:

• Only 13% of people report living with high levels of good mental health.
• People over 55 report experiencing better mental health than average and are the most likely to take positive steps to help themselves deal better with everyday life - including spending time with friends and family, going for a walk, spending more time on interests, getting enough sleep, eating healthily and learning new things.
• More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression.
• Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks.
• The great majority (85%) of people out of work have experienced a mental health problem compared to two thirds of people in work and just over half of people who have retired.
• Nearly two-thirds of people say that they have experienced a mental health problem. This rises to 7 in every 10 women, young adults aged 18-34 and people living alone.

The Mental Health Organisation want to outline to both policy makers and individuals the practical steps we can take to build a mentally healthy country.

This year from the 8-14 May The Mental Health Organisation are raising awareness and prompting open conversations and discussions about what we can do at home, school, work and in our local communities to support individuals to make a move from “Surviving” to “Thriving”.

For more information, follow the link below: Mental Health Awareness Week
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