LTB 282/19 – Mental Health Awareness Week ‎(MHAW) 2019

LTB 282/19 – Mental Health Awareness Week ‎(MHAW) 2019‎

No. 282/2019

9 May 2019

Our Ref: P26/19

To: All Branches

 

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2019

 

Dear Colleagues,

Next week the Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health First Aid England and other organisations including mental health charities will kick off Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), running 13-19 May.

The Address Your Stress Toolkit 2018
To support last year’s campaign, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England launched the Address Your Stress Toolkit this included a set of practical resources designed to help people better understand and manage stress. The toolkit is still available to those wishing to use it.

MHFA England ‘Empower Half-Hour’ Toolkit

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May is next week and to help mark the occasion MHFA England is sharing a new 2019 mini-toolkit ‘Empower Half-Hour’. MHFA England has put together a range of simple and cost-free activities to help boost wellbeing at work and is encouraging workplaces of all sizes to take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. Each activity is something that can be done in the workplace together as a team and takes only 30 minutes. The toolkit has everything needed to kick-start activities and there are five themes, one for each work day; motivate, share, move, discover and bond.

Mental Health Foundation – ‘Body Image’ Campaign

The Mental Health Foundation is running their new ‘Body Image’ Campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is based on how we think about our bodies. Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week, Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way we feel and is about campaigning for change. To assist with this, MHF will be publishing a set of practical tools. Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the MHF has raised awareness on topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, autism, sleep, alcohol and friendship. Resources available from MHF include posters, booklets, leaflets and social media tools. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources

Sharing Experiences
During Mental Health Awareness Week, MHFA want to share experiences from across the community of Mental Health First Aiders. Whether you’ve got an inspiring story of supporting someone using your MHFA skills or simply want to share how MHFA training has helped you think about self-care, stress and mental health issues, MHFA would like to hear from people and you can get in touch by emailing media@mhfaengland.org and their team will get back to you with some more information.

Get involved
MHFA want Mental Health First Aiders, in particular, to support the Mental Health Awareness Week campaigns and to make the most of the information and toolkits during Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond. The CWU Health Safety and Environment Department is joining with MHFA England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, Re-Think Mental Health and the Samaritans in supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. We are therefore encouraging Reps to get involved with the campaigns within the Union, as well as with friends, family and colleagues

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