Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
This week it is Mental Health Awareness Week (18th May – 24th May), an opportunity to raise awareness and educate about mental health and associated illnesses to break stereotypes and overcome stigma. It is also a moment to reflect on our own mental health and the necessity of self-care, as well as looking out for others and supporting them and their mental health.
Through our engagement work in the Sunderland Community across the city, we are constantly reminded of the importance of positive mental health and that issues with mental health can affect anyone. It is important to recognise the increased impact among certain communities such as LGBT, disabilities, Veterans and Refugee and Asylum Seekers as examples. Such groups are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and may have difficulty in finding the right support at a time when it is most crucial.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Kindness’, recognising how it strengthens relationships, develops community and encourages unity, and the importance of all these factors in maintaining positive mental health. Kindness can be the key to making a difference to someone’s life, no matter how big or small the action you do. It is not only good for someone else to be kind, it can make you feel good about yourself, therefore beneficial to all and contributes to overall positive mental health. You can find the official campaign video created by the Mental Health Foundation here.
The addition of the current pandemic has further increased the necessity to promote positive steps to maintain positive mental health for all residents across the city and ensure support can be delivered when needed. Below you can find useful links with further information and support for your mental health.