This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) takes place from 8-14 May, and has a theme of surviving or thriving.
The Mental Health Foundation, which organises the annual awareness week, want people to consider what steps they can take to look after their own mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
²gether NHS Foundation Trust is working with a range of partners to support MHAW and is coordinating and supporting events to raise awareness of mental wellbeing, promote advice and highlight locally available support. We will also be focusing on the personal stories of some of our Experts by Lived Experience.
Professor Jane Melton, our Director of Engagement and Integration, said: “One in four will experience a mental health problem at any given time, with the most common issues including depression, stress and anxiety.
“As a Trust, we are determined to help and support as many people as possible to reach a point where they feel they are recovering their mental health and thriving in their approach to everyday life. The inspiring stories from people who have expertise of using our services highlight the difference this can make to a person’s experience of life and survival.
“We can all take steps to look after our own mental health and build our resilience to enable us to cope with the demands of day-to-day life. While we work year-round to support people with mental health conditions, Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us to reach out to even more people.
“We want to spread the message to our local communities that people do not need to struggle alone. There is a lot we can all do to improve our mental health and help is available for anyone who needs it to thrive.”
Events in Gloucestershire
Monday 8 May
- Information stand, St Lucia Café, Cirencester, 9am – 12:30pm
- Private viewing of Secrets and Lies exhibition at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 5pm-7pm
Tuesday 9 May
- Tewkesbury Borough Council foyer, awareness stand for members of the public. 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 10 May
- Mental health information event, Roses Theatre coffee shop, Tewkesbury, 2pm – 5pm
- Information stand outside former BHS in Gloucester, with Independence Trust, 10am – 2pm
Thursday 11 May
- Stand at Stow Fair, in partnership with Gloucestershire Care Services, Gloucestershire Older Persons Association and Age UK. 10am – 4pm
Friday 12 May
- Stand at Stroud Market, 9am – 1pm
- Gloucester City Museum, Carers Gloucestershire Carers’ Forum, which is themed around mental health, 10:30am – 1pm
Events in Herefordshire
- Tuesday 9 May –10am-2pm, Community Rehabilitation Company event at Hereford Town Hall
More information about Mental Health Awareness Week is available from the Mental Health Foundation website here.
Our Let’s Talk service runs a number of free courses across both counties, which can help with different aspects of your mental health. To find out more, call 0800 073 2200 or visit www.talkghc.nhs.uk
The Five Steps to Wellbeing can be a good starting point for looking after your own mental health and building resilience. You can find them here.
During MHAW we are sharing stories from people who are living with mental health conditions. Our first story is from Daisy.