In our Mental Health Awareness Week: 6 Ways To Get Involved blog, one of the things we suggested was reading up on the different issues surrounding mental health in the UK.
Why is it important?
Equipping ourselves with knowledge helps to fight the stigma which still exists around mental health in some communities. It also gives us the tools to be able to understand mental health issues and potentially deal with them better. This also allows us to become better, more empathetic listeners and support systems.
So… did you know? Check out our Mental Health Awareness Week infographic:
Did you learn something new?
Some of those stats and figures can be shocking, however, the good news is that there is support available and people can get better.
Need some distractions or things to share with a friend? Check out everything from socially distant drive in cinemas and virtual festivals right through to virtual crafternoons and homemade Pizza Express on our keeping busy page.
Want to do more?
For wellbeing and self-care resources, apps, websites and activities, check out our wellness page. You might find a new meditation programme, fitness app or way to support a friend!
To support struggling mental health charities at this time of crisis, visit our donations page. Here you can find out about the different charity emergency coronavirus response appeals.
To give your time to a mental health charity or get involved in other ways, visit our actions page for groups looking for telephone befrienders, online advocates & fundraisers, food bank supporters and more.
Learn more this Mental Health Awareness Week
There is a lot of information out there about our mental wellbeing and connections to pretty much everything. If you’re interested, the GOV.UK website recommends:
Rise Above, a social marketing programme for 11 to 16-year-olds to equip them with the skills they need to withstand social pressures and build their resilience; One You, a nationwide programme that supports adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health; Every Mind Matters, a national campaign to equip people to take simple, early steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others; NHS.UK, the UK’s biggest health information service which provides advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing; Equally Well UK seeks to promote – and support – collaborative action to improve physical health among people with a mental illness; MindEd, a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health – aimed at parents, carers and anyone who volunteers or works with young people.
More things you might like
Each week we publish more ideas on how you can get involved. If you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch to tell us about them.
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