Get ready for Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health is everyone’s business and mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. For one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) campaign around a specific theme. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019 on the topic of body image - how we feel and think about our bodies.

Last year the MHF found that 30% of adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health. However, there is still a lack of much needed research and understanding around this.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the MHF will be publishing the results of a UK wide survey on body image and mental health. They will look at how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities. The MHF will use their research to continue campaigning for positive change and publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies. For those who have an interest in this subject, we will be publishing the link to this research on Need to Know as soon as it is released.

To raise awareness, the MHF are running a social media challenge: Be Body Kind. They're asking people to post a picture on social media of a time or a place when they felt comfortable in their own skin, using the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. See further details in the image above. 

For Mental Health Awareness Week here at EEAST, we'd like to put a slightly different spin on this and hear your stories of how working for EEAST has impacted how you feel about yourself and your body. You can either send your stories to communications, or if you’re on social media, why not share them on your own platforms and include our @EastEnglandAmb handle using the above hashtags. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to this, staff in central Norfolk are taking it upon themselves to organise a week of engagement activities in their own 'Wellbeing Week'.

Please see PDF below for information on the activities / events that are being organised. More information can be also be found on the 'Lets Be Active' Facebook page or by emailing Lisa Gill. 

Let's widen the conversation and get people talking about any and all mental health issues! 

Other ways to get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week!

If you need any help, support or guidance, contact the Wellbeing Hub on 03456 089945 or email

 Published 2nd May 2019


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