World Mental Health awareness week is held each year from 13th 19th MAY. It’s an annual awareness raising event organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This year for Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re focusing on Body Image. Concerns about body image and appearance, while often associated with younger people, are not exclusive to being young. Though our appearance and our relationship with our bodies change as we age, we do not stop valuing our bodies, and in later life adults are still concerned about body image.
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year Depression and Anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join us on Twitter to spread the word using the #itsokaytotalk
2 cups of tea
Self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of many mental health problems. They may also help prevent some problems from developing or getting worse. Here are some tips for looking after yourself that you might find helpful:
- BE ACTIVE
- TAKE NOTICE
- KEEP LEARNING
How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s OK can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.
Invitation to a brew & chat
St Helens Council are running a pop up coffee and chat Gazebo will be in the town centre outside Parish Church on Friday 17th & 18th May 9:30 am- 3: 30pm We would like to invite people to come an join use for a chat and a brew