Mental Health Foundation’s annual Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off next week (13 – 19 May), and we’re here to tell you how you can get involved.
We know that mental health issues can affect anyone, at any time, though can be particularly prevalent following traumatic experiences. Only by talking about it can we learn more about its impacts, and learn how to better support ourselves and others. This is why Yellow Door supports Mental Health Awareness week – a week to get talking and end the stigma around mental health issues.
Mental Health Stats:
First things first, some facts about mental health:
1 in 4 people experience mental health problems each year
1 in 8 young people will experience mental health problems
22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 and over are affected by depression
Of every 300 who need help, only 230 will seek support via their GP
Be Body Kind
This year, the Mental Health Foundation has chosen the theme of body image for Mental Health Awareness Week. They found that a shocking 30% of adults felt stressed about their appearance or body image – to the extent that this made them feel overwhelmed or unable to cope. 30% is almost 1 in 3 people, so, if you’re struggling with your body image, you are not alone.
At Yellow Door, Body Image is an important topic for us. Not only do we know that body image can be difficult particularly for those who have experienced sexual or domestic abuse, but we also know how important it is to raising self-esteem and thriving in our lives, so we also provide educational workshops on it in schools and other youth settings through our STAR Project.
Take care of yourself. This is first and foremost and is the biggest action you can take for mental health awareness! Self-care and caring for your needs are so important; whatever or however much you can and need.
Support others: Be present for family and friends who may be struggling with their own body image or mental health. Taking the time to listen without judgement can mean more to them than you know.
Social media: use the hashtag #BeBodyKind & #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. If you like, post a picture of yourself where you feel happy & comfortable. It can be at any point, any age, any time in your life.
Wear a Green Ribbon: A Green Ribbon is an international symbol for mental health awareness.
Support, Donate, Fundraise: If you can, consider supporting charities working to help those facing mental health difficulties. For more information on how you can support Yellow Door, visit our "Support Us" page.
More Ideas: For more ideas on how to get involved and to download your Mental Health Awareness Week Supporter Pack visit the Mental Health Foundation's website.