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Mental Health Awareness Week     21 - 27 May 2012


Mental Health Awareness Week brings people and organisations together to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. This year the main focus is Altruism and Giving including random acts of kindness, volunteering and peer support.

Mental health awareness week

Mental health, also known as ‘emotional health’ or ‘wellbeing’, affects us all. Infact 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. We all go through times when we feel stressed, down and frightened and most of the time we can deal with these feelings and they soon pass. But sometimes we can struggle to deal with these emotions and they can develop into a more serious problem. If left without the right support and interventions, these problems can result in unemployment, homelessness, self harm, the break up of families and suicide.

There are all kinds of mental health services available such as counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and antidepressants because we know that everyone is different. The aim of Mental Health Awareness Week is to rub out the stigma attached to mental health and GET PEOPLE TALKING!