We are pleased to announce our support for Mental Health Awareness Week (16th May – 22nd May).
The Theme This Year – Relationships
Relationships are essential to maintaining good mental health. Good relationships help us live a longer and happier life.
Five Year Forward View
The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report highlights the fact: “Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The cost to the economy is an estimated £105billion per year- roughly the cost of the entire NHS.”
People with mental health issues are constantly overlooked and not treated the same as those with a physical health need. On the 15th February, NHS England pledged to invest more than a billion pounds a year into mental health care up until 2020/2021. The pledge is intended to help more than a million people.
There are many different ways you can raise awareness for mental health this week.
The Mental Health Foundation website offers tons of ideas, we have picked out 5:
Host a wellbeing walk with friends, colleagues or people in your community.
Set up a stand in your local hospital, community centre, library or supermarket.
Hold a series of lectures or talks on mental health – make it interactive and get the audience involved.
Wellbeing Breakfast– catch up with your colleagues and discuss plans. Bring in cereals, croissants, fresh fruit, sandwiches etc. and allow people to make a small donation for each item.
Tea & Talk – Talking is good for your mental health. Hold a Tea & Talk at home or work and get to know your colleagues or neighbours better, or just spend more time with your friends.
Look After Your Mental Health
Taking care of yourself and getting the most from life is largely impacted by your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up lots of your time.
Thanks to The Mental Health Foundation, here are 10 key 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 are
Read more on each of these points here.
How Embrace-Learning Can Help With Mental Health
We are a UK leading provider of quality e-learning resources, with a specific focus on Health and Social Care.
Our course titles include The Mental Capacity Act and a range of Disability Awareness courses like Supporting People with Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Needs.
You can view our full range of 50+ courses here.