This week (16-22 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is relationships.
²gether NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to focus on their relationships with friends and family and to understand the impact the quality of these relationships can have on their health and wellbeing.
Professor Jane Melton, Director of Engagement and Integration for the Trust, said: “We encourage people to follow the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which can help to promote good health and relieve some of the most common mental health conditions.
“In keeping with this year’s theme of relationships, the first top tip is to connect with the people around you, including family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Our relationships are fundamental to our health and wellbeing, so it’s vital that we spend time investing in the quality of these.
“Relationships can be just as crucial to our wellbeing as other lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.”
Mental Health Awareness Week is run by the Mental Health Foundation and we are supporting their challenge for people to go the extra mile in prioritising their relationships. They are asking people to make a relationship resolution and assess how much time they actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships. They want people to consider whether they can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.
Professor Melton added: “As a Trust, we have a number of events planned for Mental Health Awareness Week, and we hope people will join us at some of these. But even if people are not able to join us during the week, I would encourage people to take the time to focus on nurturing relationships as we know that good connections with people has a positive impact on wellbeing.”
To find out more about the events ²gether NHS Foundation Trust has planned for Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/²gether-focuses-on-building-relationships-for-mental-health-awareness-week
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, visit the Mental Health Foundation website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week