Mental Health Awareness Week

Hi everyone! This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, and I will be supporting the campaign this year. Every year the Mental Health Foundation chooses a theme for the week, and this year the focus is on relationships. As part of the campaign, the foundation is asking everyone to assess how much time we actively commit to build and maintain relationships.

Mental health problems are likely to affect one in four people at some point during their working life and by raising awareness, we can create a positive impact on the diversity of our community.

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I think mental health well-being is very important, one that is often overlooked – here are some ways to look after your mental health:

  • Talk about your feelings
  • Keep active
  • Eat well
  • Drink sensibly
  • Keep in touch
  • Ask for help
  • Take a break
  • Care for others
  • Do something you’re good at
  • Accept who you truly are

The foundation is asking people to make relationship resolutions, so we can invest more in being present with and listening to others. Good relationships enable us to live longer and happier lives, due to the supportive connections we share with others. Investing in relationships is as critical to our health and wellbeing as other lifestyle factors.

Check out the following link for a great TED talk on relationships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-7zAkwAOYg

Here are my relationship resolutions:

  • Keep my phone away when I am out with others
  • Try and organise family days out at least once a month
  • Go out for walks with my colleagues at lunch time, instead of just ‘checking’ my phone for 30 minutes.
  • Catch up with ‘old friends’ at least monthly, by dropping them a quick text to see how they are doing.
  • Be friendlier on the bus to work, and say hello to strangers

There will be lots of events going around during this week, so why not check out the Mental Health Foundation website to see what you can get involved in- do let me know what you have participated in and share your experience.

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