Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 will take place on 13-19 May 2024. Now in its 13th year, Mental Health Awareness Week is the largest, nationwide campaign to bring everyone together to talk about good mental health. From workplaces and schools to charities and communities, it’s encouraging to see so many people getting involved in Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.
Why do we need Mental Health Awareness Week?
Unfortunately the state of our mental health here in the UK is steadily declining. It’s no surprise the pandemic exacerbated many existing mental health conditions. As such, today it’s estimated than over 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health disorder each year in the UK. Unfortunately long wait times and limited treatment options mean many people go undiagnosed or without adequate treatment for their mental health struggles.
- Around 1 in 6 adults in the UK are experiencing depression (ONS)
- Every week in England, 6 in 100 people will be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (Mind)
- One in 14 UK adults (7%) feel stressed every single day (CIPHR)
- 1 in 5 people have suicidal thoughts (Mind).
With statistics like these, it’s clear that workplaces (as well as other areas of society) have a responsibility to do all they can to help foster good mental health.
The MHAW theme for 2024 is “Movement: Moving More for our Mental Health“
We’re thrilled that 2024’s theme has been announced as ‘movement’. This year’s campaign will be highlighting the hugely positive effects that movement can have on our mental health and encourage people to find moments for movement in their daily routines.
To mark the ‘movement’ theme, we have created a bespoke signature workshop – Moving More for our Mental Health. Find out more here.
What can my workplace do to celebrate Movement: Moving More for our Mental Health?
We’ve been supporting clients with their Mental Health Awareness Week plans since 2012. Some clients may want a week-long programme of activities, whilst others may just plan one or two events. Whatever your plans, the key is to do something.
See below for some ‘movement’- inspired ideas to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 at your workplace. And be sure not to miss our bespoke 2024 Mental Health Awareness Week workshop – Moving more for our Mental Health.
More ideas for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 at my workplace
Whilst a ‘theme’ provides a helpful hook to plan your communications and events, it isn’t essential to follow the MHAW theme. What’s more, many of our clients use the week as an opportunity to launch other workplace mental health initiatives. For example, these might include mental health for managers training or specific workshops on stress, burnout and resilience.
Supporting our Clients during Mental Health Awareness Week 2024
We’re proud to have supported hundreds of clients with their MHAW plans. See what some of them have to say about working with Stretching the City.