Whilst I have strayed from my original reason for starting this blog – mental health issues – it is still a major interest and concern of mine, and I always mark this current week with a post. If you are reading this in the US, you will probably know that May is recognised there as Mental Health Month: it is good that mental health has this focus, which has been run by Mental Health America since 1949. They can be found here, and this year they have adopted the theme of Back To Basics. You can read about it here if you want to know more, and as they say on their site “After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. Our goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern,” and you will find a toolkit to help you further to download there.
In case you didn’t know, this is matched here: this week – 9th to 15th May – is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) in the UK. This is managed by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), and has also been running since 1949. Their website is equally good, and can be found here. MHF puts prevention at the heart of its work, and provides many resources to assist with this, as you will see from their website. To support MHAW the MHF chooses a theme each year, and this year they are focusing on loneliness and its impact on our mental health. They have got in some well-known supporters to help promote the week – one of their recent initiatives has been the Mental Health Minute, and this was played yesterday morning to around 20m listeners across more than 500 UK radio stations:
They have also released this brief animation to back up the message, and give us some ideas of how we might help others, or ourselves: