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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on stress. Stress is something we all experience during our lifetimes, and when it becomes difficult to manage, can impact negatively on our mental health.

Despite not being an illness itself, links have been established between stress and some mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, psychosis and post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

So what is happening this Mental Health Awareness Week and how can you get involved?

When is it taking place?

Mental Health Awareness week will run from the 14th to the 20th of May when people across the country will show their support for mental health, and share tips for tackling stress. 

How can you get involved?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an important time to raise the profile of the work being done to tackle mental illness head on - including MQ's work funding life-saving research. 

From raising awareness of the need for research to sharing your experience  - here are a few ideas for how you can get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week:

1. Spread the word

How do you deal with stress? Share your tips for managing stress with your followers and what you’re doing to mark the week using the hashtag #MHAW17. Don’t forget to follow MQ as we'll be sharing what science can teach us about stress and tips for managing it - @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 fundraise for MQ. From challenge events to bake sales - there's something for everyone! Here are some ways you can get involved.

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 600-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.

Last updated: 14 May 2018

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