Mental Health Awareness Week
14th May – 20th May 2018
Mental Health Awareness Week, ran by The Mental Health Foundation, is starting tomorrow! This is an especially amazing time for every mental health blogger, influencer, or even just someone who suffers. It can be difficult to have a voice but not be able to use it effectively. This week encourages people from all different types of backgrounds, situation’s, and experiences to share their story and get raising awareness.
Mental Health Week has a theme each year and this year the theme is stress. If you look at any case of mental illness the absolute bottom line is that most people who suffer have stress that makes them worse, or their illness was caused by stress to begin with. It’s so important that we focus on the main issues, right at the bottom of the pit of problems, so that we can tackle them correctly. People say they are stressed all the time, but for some it can cause much more than a 5 minute complaint session.
How can you help?
There are so many events around the UK that people from all sorts of different groups hold during Mental Health Week. Whether you like crafts, sports, technology, there’s going to be an event for you. Some are fundraisers and some are simply there to raise awareness and spread the word. You can check out the events near you on this link map: HERE!
Of course, if you can’t make it to an event, the most obvious way to help is social media. Tweet your Mental Health story, retweet other stories, post on Facebook for your friends to donate. Anything helps. You can even sign up to The Mental Health Foundations very own Thunderclap so that they can post on your Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook page for you when tomorrow comes! Personally, I’ve signed up all of my social media’s and added a 1,000 reach to their cause!
What other things do I need to know?
The Mental Health Foundation runs entirely on donations. Please head to THIS page to find out more about donating, getting involved, and fundraising. It doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time. You can also purchase one of their Green Ribbon badges HERE.
If you don’t have any time or money, please consider downloading some free social media resources from HERE and using them on your media’s during the week. There’s so much choice to choose from and they’re all in beautiful colours – what more could you want? I’ve used some of them in this post, so you can see what sort of things are available. Remember to try and link all of your posts back to The Mental Health Foundation website. This causes more of a stir and more awareness for the cause.
Mental Health Awareness Week is important to so many people who are suffering. There are so many good causes in the world and this is just one of them that really does make a difference to people. Raising awareness and breaking stigma are two things you hear about often, but unless you really know what they do and mean, it has little effect.
By raising awareness you are letting more and more people know, younger generations and older generations, about ALL mental illnesses. People suffering do not just have anxiety and depression. There are so many other illnesses which are hardly spoken about and need more awareness surrounding them.
Breaking stigma enables people who suffer to live life safely, happily, and normally. They are able to get a job and use their skills in recovery to start to live life in a more stable manner. It’s all thanks to people who work tirelessly to stand up to bullies, let people know about mental illness, and demolish stereotypes.
You can read my story of mental illness HERE and read about how bullying affected my mental health HERE. I am the sort of person that you will be helping by getting involved in Mental Health Awareness Week. We do still need your help.