What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation, which is coming up from 14th – 20th May 2018, aims to raise awareness of mental health and usually has a targeted theme which changes each year. This year the theme is stress so we hope that over the week we can raise awareness of stress and how it can affect mental health and start conversations which help break the stigma of this.

What is happening in South Tyneside?

Organisations across South Tyneside are showing their commitment to help support mental health awareness week as they have made a schedule which contains activities and events which are taking place over every day of the week. From a drop-in session which will officially open the week to walks, green gyms and even creating a giant colouring book. Each of these events will help to reduce the stigma around mental health as well as raise awareness of it.

If you want to find out what events are taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 in South Tyneside you can download the schedule of activities and events here. Or you can visit our Things to Do section where you can find your nearest event or search for specific events.

Unable to attend any events?

If you can’t make it to any local events during Mental Health Awareness Week then you can help to spread the word online. We have started an online Thunderclap campaign which allows people to help raise awareness about metal health through social media.

You may be wondering what Thunderclap is…it is a service that enables people to pledge a tweet or Facebook post in support of a campaign and these posts will all be sent at the same time (ours will be going out at 10am on Monday 14th May 2018), meaning they can achieve the maximum effect. It’s like an online Flashmob, which will help raise awareness!

If you want to help us raise awareness of mental health online, you can sign up to our Thunderclap campaign here.