Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by / Monday 09 May 2016 /

We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place 16th – 22nd May with the theme of relationships. 


The first Mental Health Awareness Week was in 2000 and since then the Mental Health Foundation has started public debates around how anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health.

The quality of relationships are fundamental to health and wellbeing not only for our staff and volunteers, but for the children, young people and families who access our services.  Whilst raising awareness of mental health and its impact of an individual’s well-being, Mental Health Awareness Month challenges people to go the extra mile by assessing how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships and to ask whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.

When our young ambassadors got together last year, they highlighted mental health as something that is an issue for young people in terms of stigma and accessing support. Raising awareness of mental health within the workplace and our services contributes to an inclusive environment for all and helps to address mental health stigma by starting a conversation.

On May 17th we will also be celebrating IDAHO day – International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.  The theme is mental health and we are holding an event at our Watford office with Stonewall and our LGBT staff network, Celebrate.  We are inviting colleagues to join us to learn more about the work of Stonewall, Celebrate LGBT and Time to Change.  There will be free Indian head messages and the chance to spend time away from desks. 

Celebrate LGBT has produced a leaflet that includes facts and statistics about the LGBT community and mental health.  For example, at least 20% of lesbians and 16% of gay men have attempted suicide and members of the LGBT community are less likely to engage with mainstream mental health services.


Visit the Mental Health Awareness Week and IDAHO websites to find out more information and get involved.