It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 (15th-21st May), led by the Mental Health Foundation, and this year’s focus is Anxiety.
Every year, Mental Health Awareness Week serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of taking time for our mental wellbeing and reaching out for support when needed.
There’s lots going on this year – from local charities sharing their resources, to match-funding campaigns to support our community. Here are five things to know about:
Getting Out and About with iTravel
Walking and wheeling are healthy, fun, interesting, sociable and great for your wellbeing. For Mental Health Awareness Week, iTravel York have shared some tips on their website on how to get walking more in York. It’s a great resource to discover walking maps, walking groups, and ideas about how to make walking more fun.
Tips from Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Awareness Week is organised each year by the Mental Health Foundation, who focus on protecting people’s mental health through research and projects. Their Mental Health Awareness Week Hub is a great place to start when looking for tips and resources on anxiety – which is this year’s theme – from understanding what anxiety is, how to cope with it, and where to look for support.
Visiting a National Park
This week, the North York Moors National Park are encouraging you to immerse yourself in their National Park, to feel all the positive benefits of spending a little bit more time outdoors. The North York Moors are only 40 minutes away from York by car and accessible on both bus services and train services from York, so getting outside and taking time for your mental health couldn’t be easier.
A Thank-You from the York and Scarborough Hospitals Charity
For Mental Health Awareness Week, the York and Scarborough Hospitals Charity shared some amazing news. Thanks to public donations, refresher training for Mental Health First Aiders has been able to take place across the Trust, allowing staff at the hospital having mental health problems to access help and advice. Great news!
Match-funding from Big Give
As part of their Kind2Mind Event, the Big Give are doubling donations through their platform during Mental Health Awareness week. There are some projects in Yorkshire that are receiving match funding for the event, including Trauma-Informed Domestic Absuse Recovery Groups from IDAS, and Therapeutic Support for Victims of Sexual Abuse from Basis Yorkshire.
Mental Health should be a priority every week, and it’s important to remember that there’s support out there if you need it. A great place to start is Healthwatch York’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in York, as well as York Mind and Mumblr’s list of support and services.
Here at Social Vision, we hope you have a restful Mental Health Week.