Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness week (8-14 May). Run by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme of this year's awareness week is 'surviving or thriving?'
Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This year, rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, the Mental Health Foundation is seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.
Too many of us experience daily life as a battle. Emotionally, our heads are only just above water. Increasing numbers of us have accepted that experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress and depression are the price we have to pay for keeping our lives on track. But this Mental Health Awareness Week wants to set out the real scale and cost of being stuck on 'survive', to our health, relationships and future options.
The Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May since 2000. In previous years the week has focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can impact our mental health.
This year, join in with the national conversation about what we can do as communities, schools, families and individuals to move from survive to thrive.
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