This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. #MHAW17
Mental Health Awareness Week is held annually to raise awareness of mental health and well-being issues.
For 2017, the theme is 'Surviving or Thriving?' It aims to look at mental health from a new angle and, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental healht problems, it will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.
Good mental health is an asset that helps us all to thrive, allowing us to enjoy life and deal with the challenge it presents.
In March 2017, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, NatCen conducted a survey amongst its panel members in England, Scotland and Wales. This aimed to understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. 2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone.
From this survey, only a small minority of people (13%) reported living with high levels of goo dmental health and more than four in 10 people said they have experienced depression.
During the week, events and campaigns wil be held across the UK to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Awareness Week was first held in 2000 and since then it has shone a spotlight on the impact factors including anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can have on our mental health. In previous years, the event has focussed on 'relationships' and 'mindfulness'.
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.