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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May) provides a focus each year to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. This year the theme is #anxiety, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world, according to the Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading mental health and learning disability charity.

At jag, we work with a number of clients in the mental health sector and welcome any event, activity or initiative that communicates the need for good mental health.

Facts about mental health

  • 1 in 6 people in the UK struggle with mental health issues at any one time
  • Each year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression
  • 8.2 million people in the UK were diagnosed with anxiety in 2010
  • 1 in 100 of us will have a severe mental health problem
  • The economic cost of mental illness to the UK is around £100 billion – equivalent to the entire NHS budget. £10 billion is spent on mental health services and support
  • In 2011, 13.3 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety – that equates to a £10.1 billion loss to the economy in medical and indirect costs

10 ways to look after your mental health

  1. Keep active
  2. Talk about your feelings
  3. Eat well
  4. Drink sensibly
  5. Keep in touch with friends and loved ones
  6. Ask for help
  7. Take a break
  8. Do something you’re good at
  9. Accept who you are
  10. Care for others

Source: Mental Health Awareness Week Supporter Kit

If the government is serious in its assertion that their success will be measured not just by the state of the economy but by the nation’s wellbeing, there is still much to be done. No health without mental health? Absolutely!

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