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Get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week!

We are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week 13 - 19 May 2019!

This years theme is Body Image. There are lots of ways staff and services can get involved in the week, from holding an event, sharing stories about body image and mental health online or getting together with a group of friends, family or colleagues to have a conversation about mental health.

Getting involved

Find out all the ways you can get involved this year in The Metal Health Foundations' supporter pack, which includes:

  • How they plan to tackle body image and create a mentally healthier nation
  • Tools to help you get the conversation started online and through your social media networks
  • Useful tips and information on holding an event during the week
  • Resources such as posters to help you create awareness

#BeBodyKind

From 13-19 May The Mental Health Foundation will be running a body image challenge.

It's easy to take part and we would love to have your support.

Simply post on social media a picture of a time or a place when you felt comfortable in your own skin – this could be now, five years ago or at the age of five. It can be a photo of yourself or something else that reminds you of the moment.

Use the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Tag us @GMMentalHealth on Facebook and @mentalhealthfoundation on Instagram and Facebook. Twitter tags are @GMMH_NHS and @mentalhealth. 

Wear a green ribbon

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. Join thousands of people across the UK who will be wearing a green ribbon for Mental Health Awareness Week and all year round.

Did you know that the average adult will say "I'm fine" 14 times per week, yet only 19% actually mean it? The Mental Health Foundation encourage people to wear the pin to create walking safe spaces for people to talk about mental health. 

Show colleagues, loved ones or simply those you walk past that you care about their mental health. It can also be worn in memory of a loved one.

Host or attend an event

Raising awareness is vital for changing the way people think about mental health and events like yours help us reach more people than we ever could alone.

In past years people have:

  • Organised a flashmob to raise awareness of anxiety
  • Sent mental health posters to shops on the high street
  • Held a pottery-making event for students
  • Organised yoga sessions for the office

Have fun and get creative!

Why not try one of The Mental Health Foundation's flagship fundraising events? Whether you want to hold an event at work, at home or at school they have the event for you.

Find an event to attend or add your event here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/event-map

Resources

Help us spread the word with posters, graphics, booklets and more! You can also order boxes of green ribbon pins for your school, workplace or fundraising event.

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