Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14th May 2017)

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Health Assured team

13 April 2017

Surviving or thriving? With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and getting through the day, we will explore:
  • How many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two.
  • Why some communities are under strain and what the government can do to support them to thrive.
  • What steps we can take to look after our mental health, and the importance of building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
  The big message This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are shifting the focus away from mental ill-health to explore how we can cultivate good mental health. It is an opportunity to reflect on the strategies and resources we need to shape both a coherent national approach to public mental health and the tools we need.   Human beings are probably the most resilient creatures on the planet. Through countless setbacks, we have learnt how to survive but we are only now starting to understand how to thrive.   During the 8-14th May, we will be producing a new report to highlight the numbers of us who feel stuck on ‘survive’. We will be providing advice and insight into how we can build good mental health in the context of our work, our digital world, our parenting approach and in our communities. We will be calling on the Government to do more to promote better mental health. Get involved Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week will take place from 8-14th May, with the theme of “surviving or thriving?”   Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This year, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why so few of us are thriving with good mental health.   Throughout the week we will also highlight the personal stories of people who are surviving or thriving. Join us on 8-14th May and you can help us ignite a national conversation about whether we are surviving or thriving and what we can do to bring about change.   Hold an event Think about ways you can bring people together and start conversations around mental health. Some suggestions could be to:
  • Host a wellbeing walk - with friends, colleagues or people in your community
  • Set up a stand in your local hospital, community centre, library or supermarket
  • Hold a series of lectures or talks on mental health - make it as interactive as possible and get the audience involved!
  • Our fundraising team have got you covered with more event ideas for the workplace, schools and your communities.
Spread the word During the week we will be posting stories and information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please follow us to help us share our messages and to join in the discussion. You can also let us know what you’re getting up to by using the tag #MHAW17. Share your story If you have a personal story about surviving or thriving and would like to share it with us, please send up to 400 words to

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