Writing in his latest letter to CWU branches, CWU's National Health, Safety, and Environment Officer, Dave Joyce announced support for the Mental Health Foundation's annual Mental Health Awareness Week taking place 15th to 21st May 2023.
This year's theme is 'To Help My Anxiety'.
LTB117/23 details the theme of the week and provides the posters publicising the week's theme of anxiety:
Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.
Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems we can face. In a recent mental health survey, carried out by the Mental Health Foundation a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. Six in ten adults feel this way, at least some of the time. On a positive note, anxiety can be made easier to manage.
Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government, employers and society as a whole.
To obtain resources to help you with your arrangements for Mental Health Week, go to the Mental Health Foundation website at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/public-engagement/mental-health-awareness-week
Other Useful Links To Organisations Providing Advice And Support:
For people in distress and urgently needing someone to talk to, Samaritans will listen, won’t judge or tell a person what to do, will offer help, support and guidance 24/7. Members can call them any time, day or night – whatever they’re going through, they can call Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE. CALL 116 123.
You can download the poster pictured above right in PDF format ready to be printed.