There is much stigma attached about Mental Health and Mental illnesses. This poses the question for me as to why so many people are living with mental health problems?. By this I post more awareness days for us to raise awareness on Mental Health.
Listed below are dates of awareness days and weeks in 2017 with useful links, that I hope you will find helpful.
27th February to 5th March 2017
Find out more: www.beat.co.uk
University Mental Health Day
University Mental Health Day is an annual event to promote the mental health of those who live and work in higher education settings.
Find out more: http://www.studentminds.org.uk
World Bipolar Day 30th March 2017
This is to raise awareness of bipolar disorders and to improve sensitivity towards the illness. .
Find out more: www.ibpf.org/blog/world-bipolar-day
Depression Awareness Week 2017
Find out more: www.depressionalliance.org
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – Healthy Workplaces for all Ages
Find out more: https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu
Mental Health Awareness Week- 8th-14th May 2017
Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing every year, promoted by the Mental Health Foundation.
Find out more: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/
World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2017
Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, the purpose of the day is to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
Find out more: www.iasp.info/wspd/index.php
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
Find out more: http://www.who.int/mental_health
National Stress Awareness Day
Normally held on the first Wednesday of November each year, this day is promoted by the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK). The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and of the many coping strategies and sources of help available to address it.
Find out more: www.isma.org.uk/about-national-stressawareness-day-nsad/
Anti-Bullying Week takes place from the 13th-17th November 2017
Find out more: www.antibullyingweek.co.uk
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
Find out more: https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/
Next month: I will be focusing on services for Children and Young people with useful links to access, if and when they need help or support.
You gave me the space to get a lot of my shoulders and didn’t judge me. I was depressed and feeling low for a long time. I had suicidal thoughts which stopped me from going to college and living my life. You helped me so much to understand and work through my anxieties. Thank you Hugh.
All my gratitude
I came to Hugh having low expectations of what counselling do for me, but Hugh was welcoming and understanding from the first session. The sessions became the highlight of my week and I would emerge feeling like a huge weight had been lifted and feel positivity and hope. Hugh gave me the power to view things from a different perspective and has helped me enjoy the good things in life again. Even though this chapter has been resolved, I would not hesitate to reach out to Hugh again should anything change in the future. Thank you for all your help!