This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, taking place between 8-14 May 2017, is looking at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, the Mental Health Foundation will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and stuck on getting through the day, the week will explore:
how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
We are inviting you to get involved during the week by hosting an event that can bring people together and start conversations about mental health. Thanks to the Specialist Services Health and Wellbeing Group for coming up with the topics for each day, as follows:
Our Board will be holding a mindfulness session at the start of the Board Meeting on Monday 8 May.
Try it out Tuesday
Think about trying something new, book on a course or rediscover an old interest.
We’ll be promoting the fantastic courses offered by our Devon Recovery Learning Community. These are open to everyone, staff, people who use our services, carers and families. Click here to view what’s on offer.
We are all so busy during our working time, we forget to take care of ourselves. On Wednesday take some time out, join some colleagues or friends for a walk.
Do something nice for a colleague, friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time.
Fit for Friday and Wellbeing Weekend
On Friday and over the weekend the theme is Five Ways to Wellbeing. We will be promoting our film, postcards and self-help booklet – Taking Steps to Living Well. A review of the most up-to-date evidence suggests that building the five actions into our day-to-day lives is important for wellbeing.
Mental Health Awareness resources
Online and offline material to help you celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week is available from the Mental Health Foundation website.
We will also be working with the local media to raise awareness of good mental health and wellbeing and be active across our social media channels during the week - twitter – facebook – instagram.
We hope you will want to get involved.