Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is: 13 -19 May 2019!
This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Body Image', looking into how the way we feel and think about our bodies can affect our mental health throughout life.
And although we know girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to poor body image, this year particularly focuses on how this cuts across gender, age, sexuality and ethnicity.
Having a positive self-image is powerful, because when we feel good about ourselves, we feel happier and more confident, which manifests into making more positive life choices.
A study by the Mental Health foundation in 2018 found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
That's almost 1 in every 3 people!
The aim of this week is to ignite a national conversation about how we can be kinder to our bodies, as a guard against outside influences that can cause so much dissatisfaction with how we look and feel.
Across Mental Health Awareness Week, we'll be highlighting some unique organisations and individuals championing positive body image and mental wellbeing.
You'll also get a look into the work Healthwatch Southwark has been doing around mental health, and thoughts of existing programmes from Southwark residents themselves.
And during the week The Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. They will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
Get involved in the week here!
Use this week to #BeBodyKind!
There are many local charities offering fantastic support for people experienceing mental health issues, here's a few listed below:
- Lambeth & Southwark Mind - An independent charity providing mental health services for people living in the Lambeth and Southwark boroughs.
- Southwark Wellbeing Hub - They are here to help take the stress out of finding, choosing and receiving support.
- Pembroke House Wellbeing Programme - For people who are interested in improving their sense of wellbeing to get involved in community activities at their centre.
- Maintaining Health Partners, Southwark - Providing an exciting combination of free holistic therapies, and engaging community-based projects and activities.
- Men's Health Forum, Southwark - A charity supporting men's health in England, Wales and Scotland.
- METRO Charity, support for LGBTQ young people age 16-25 - Offers free and confidential service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) young people in Southwark.
- South Lambeth and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) - Providing the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. They also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.