Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
What is it?
Since 2001 the Mental Health Foundation have run an awareness week every May to highlight a specific theme for mental health. The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is body image which will run from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May 2019.
Why is it important?
Last year 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.
Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health. However there is still a lack of much-needed research and understanding around this.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, Mental Health Foundation will be:
- Publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
- Looking at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.
- Highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
- Using research to continue campaigning for positive change and publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies.
(Taken from mentalhealth.org.uk)
How can I get involved?
You can download your free supporter pack from Mental Health Foundation here including ways to get involved, event ideas and resources.
What will Be Empowered be doing?
1/ We are busy collecting images of your favourite body parts! Want to be involved? Send us a picture of you holding a sign up of your most loved body bit and why to firstname.lastname@example.org … here are some examples!
2/ We will be hearing from guest bloggers.
3/ We will be publishing articles around mental health, body image and what you can do at work to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
Click below to find out about our mental health training in the workplace!