15 May – 21 May 2023
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to get involved and focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago, and it’s been thriving ever since! Each year the foundation continues to set the theme, organise, and host the week.
Mental Health Awareness Week is for everyone. It’s about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the world today but what are the common causes of anxiety?
Anxiety is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:
- Stress that can result from work, school, personal relationship
- Emotional trauma
- Financial concerns
- Stress caused by a chronic or serious medical condition
- A major event or performance
- Side effect of certain medications
- Alcohol consumption and drugs
If you notice yourself worrying more frequently and finding it difficult to quiet your anxious thoughts, the underlying cause may be more than just some personal troubles or a frustrating day at the office. Elevated stress may be to blame.
How can I help myself?
During Mental Health Awareness Week, you should take the time to do three things:
Exercise: Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Get your body moving this week and see how your mood lifts too.
Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
Talk about anxiety: discuss in your family, school, workplace, and community how you can help encourage people to seek help for their anxiety and find support from others.