Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place this week, from 16-22 May. This year the theme is relationships. Here is some information from the Mental Health Awareness website:
We believe we urgently need a greater focus on the quality of our relationships. We need to understand just how fundamental relationships are to our health and wellbeing. We cannot flourish as individuals and communities without them. In fact, they are as vital as better-established lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.
Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems.
We are lobbying national governments, public bodies and employers to promote good relationships and to tackle the barriers to forming them, including mounting pressures on work–life balance and the impact of bullying and unhealthy relationships.
But we have a challenge for the public too. We are asking everyone to go the extra mile in prioritising their relationships. We are calling on people to make a relationship resolution: to assess how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships, and to ask whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues. (Source)
Making a Relationship Resolution
The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging everyone to take a moment and consider the relationships around us. The focus is on maintaining good relations, learning how to listen to each other and spending time together. If you would like to get some encouragement and help to nurture your relationships then sign up for their daily texts to give you a hand. Details are above on the Mental Health Awareness Week poster.