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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 13th to Sunday 19th of May).

Mental health problems can affect us any day of the year, but this week is a good opportunity to start a conversation about mental health, and take some time to look after your own wellbeing.

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re focusing on anxiety and ways to manage it.

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time.

Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or starting a new job.

This type of short-term anxiety can be useful. Feeling nervous before an exam can make you feel more alert and enhance your performance. However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer.

There are lots of things you can try to help manage feelings of anxiety, for example;

  • Learning how to manage the symptoms, for example by using breathing techniques;
  • Trying complementary therapies, like yoga, meditation, or reflexology;
  • Taking courses to learn how to improve your confidence or be more assertive;
  • Exercising more and eating better;
  • Talking your worries through with someone, whether a friend or a professional;
  • In some cases, you may wish to speak to your GP about using medication to help manage your anxiety.

Find out more in Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Social media

Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing information, resources and stories on our social media channels using #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #TestingTimes. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and help to share our content. And don’t forget to tag us if you’re posting yourself – we’d love to see what you’re up to.

Here are a couple of suggested posts which you might want to use.

Twitter

It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and along with our charity partner @SAMHtweets we’re talking about anxiety #TestingTimes. Download their resource Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Facebook

Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and along with our charity partner @SAMHscotland we’re talking about anxiety #TestingTimes.

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time.

Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or starting a new job.

This type of short-term anxiety can be useful. Feeling nervous before an exam can make you feel more alert and enhance your performance. However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer.

Find out more in Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Other ideas for the week

There are lots of things you can do internally for Mental Health Awareness Week, here are a few ideas:

  • Encourage staff to take some time for their mental health by organising a group yoga or meditation session;
  • Arrange a walking meeting to get some fresh air and exercise;
  • Share our Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks or How to be mentally healthy at work resources with staff;
  • Remind staff of who they can talk to if they have concerns about their mental health.