Mental Health Awareness Week – 11th-17th May 2015

We all want to see a world of better mental health. With the right treatment and education, those with mental health issues, learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity can enjoy an equally fulfilling way of life.

 

Every year, between the 11th and 17th May, the Mental Health Foundation raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing issues. The aim of Mental Health Awareness Week, is to educate the public about mental health issues and ways to promote better mental health.

 

Since its foundation in 2000, the Mental Health Foundation have used Mental Health Awareness Week to bring issues like sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression to the public’s attention, and show how exercise and wellbeing can have a positive impact on our mental health.

 

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on Mindfulness for wellbeing and improved mental health.

 

What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is not just about meditation, sitting still on the spot and connecting with the inner you. It is an overall practice for life that has profound effects on your general wellbeing and outlook.

 

Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment. It can be practiced standing, sitting or walking around, both inside and out. It can be practised over a few minutes or several hours and can tailored to suit your needs. Mindfulness allows you to ignore the past and the present and root firmly in the now – a powerful tool for facing the stresses and strains of life.

 

Mindfulness is proven to be an effective treatment for physical and mental health and as a relief from depression, anxiety, eating disorders and chronic pain. It even boosts productivity and helps you enjoy life all the more – mindfulness will help you see the world through a new pair of eyes.

 

How Do I Learn?

 

You are spoilt for choice for books, videos and online courses teaching mindfulness and how to make it a practice in your daily life. As part of Mental Health Awareness week 2015, The Mental Health Foundation is offering a 4-week online course to guide you through all aspects of Cognitive-Based Mindfulness Therapy (CBMT). Led by mindfulness trainers from The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, the course could be just want you need to combat stress and anxiety.

 

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s website and NHS Choices.