Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13-19 May and is themed around physical activity and wellbeing. Its run by the Mental Health Foundation.
Physical activity is often described as something we ‘ought to do’ to avoid developing health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. What’s less often explained is the huge potential it has to enhance our happiness and quality of life and reduce mental illness. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week aims to shift our motivation for physical activity to something we choose to do to increase our wellbeing.
The success of Mental Health Awareness Week is down to the generous and enthusiastic support the Mental Health Foundation gets from organisations and individuals who publicise the week, organise activities and events, and hopefully have some fun as well.
How you can get involved
- Download ‘Let’s Get Physical’, a free booklet about the benefits of physical activity for your mental health.
- Show your support for the campaign by adding their Mental Health Awareness Week cover photo to your Facebook profile.
- Support them on Twitter by adding their Twibbon to your profile picture.
- Download their ‘Let’s Get Physical’ posters in grey or pink.
- If you’d like to help raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity for mental wellbeing, please consider making a donation to the Mental Health Foundation.
- If you need some guidance on how to take part, download their Mental Health Awareness Week Activity Kit (PDF) for free.
- If you would like to receive email updates on Mental Health Awareness Week 2013, as well as the rest of their work, sign up for their monthly newsletter.
- Have you found physical activity helpful in managing your mental health and wellbeing? Share your story with them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.