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.
‘Deciding to find yourself a therapist can feel like a surrender; ending a shouting match you’ve been having with your own head by simply throwing the toys out the pram and asking somebody else to pick them up and put them back in. It shouldn’t be, and therapy with Hugh certainly wasn’t: it was a victory that snuck slowly out of nowhere. It transliterated the battle between me and my brain into a solicitous conversation between the two of us, one that not only let the clouds lift on my anxiety and depression, but gave a gilt edge outline to a proud sense of self my own neuroses had up until that point forced me to repeatedly detour around. With Hugh I went from getting lost in myself and losing myself in the process to being able to elide my past and present selves into a cohesive and honest conception of who I am that I am continually proud of without even realising it. Now when I stare inside I don’t have to flinch and look away, thanks to Hugh I simply smile.’
Continual thanks for everything you’ve done!
‘I learnt in sessions the ability to open up to someone and not fearing that I would be judged in anyway. Thank you!’