Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. The Mental Health Foundation aims to raise awareness and spark conversations regarding mental health with a different theme each year. Running from 16-22 May, this year’s theme is relationships, and the role the connections between friends, family, colleagues and others have to mental health.
The organisation has launched a website hosting information and resources. The campaign has highlighted some interesting messages of the importance of relationships in good mental health. It emphasises that connections between people help prolong life and reduce the risk of physical and mental health problems, and that “Investing in your relationships is as important as healthy eating, exercising and not smoking.”
The organisation is also running a “Daily relationship challenge”, where people can sign up to daily reminders and tips, and a “Relationship resolution” pledge.
Episodes of mental health difficulties can make people feel isolated and unsure of who to turn to. This campaign’s message of the importance of relationships in good mental health is a nice reminder that nobody has to suffer alone.
Mental Health Awareness Week [via the Mental Health Foundation]