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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Are you surviving or thriving? This is the question asked by the Mental Health Foundation for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

‘Surviving or thriving?’ suggests we need to go beyond looking at the number of people affected by mental illness and instead ask – why are so few us thriving with good mental health? 

When is it taking place?

Mental Health Awareness week will run from the 8th to the 14th of May when people across the country will show their support for mental health. 

How can you get involved?

From raising awareness to fundraising for research - here are a few ideas for how you can get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week:

1. Spread the word

Spread the word on Twitter! Tell your followers why mental health is important and what you’re doing to mark the week using the hashtag #MHAW17. Don’t forget to follow MQ to see what others are up to - @mqmentalhealth.

 2. Fundraise for life-changing research

Show the world you’re taking a stand to transform mental health through research by signing up to a Dare to Swear challenge. From bake sales to dance-offs there’s something for everyone! 

3. Share your story with Mental Health Foundation 

Mental Health Foundation are looking for people to share their own experience of mental health, and what thriving or surviving means to them. Email your 400-word piece to

The facts about mental health today 

  • 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health issue each year
  • It takes on average a decade for people to get help after developing a mental illness
  • Despite affecting 23% of the population, less that 6% of UK health research funding is spent on mental health.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health

There are organisations that can help. See our information on seeking urgent support and advice.

Do you Dare to Swear?

Get fundraising for life-changing research this Mental Health Awareness Week.

Last updated: 26 July 2017

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