13 to 19 May 2024

We want to get the mental health conversation moving this Mental Health Awareness Week.

The public's knowledge and understanding of common mental health issues like anxiety and depression has moved in a positive direction over the last 20 years. 

But what about the issues affecting the lives of people living with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, OCD, and bipolar disorder?

Despite 1 in 10 adults in the UK experiencing symptoms of severe mental illness, it still gets left behind in the conversation. 

A recent survey of ours showed 93% of us living with mental illness think there is not enough awareness and understanding about what it means to be severely affected by mental illness.  

We're tired of stagnating. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we're moving the mental health conversation forward. 

What we want to see

Instead of empty promises, we want to talk about reforming a Mental Health Act that's 41 years out of date.

Instead of unhelpful stereotypes that people with severe mental illness are dangerous, we want more understanding about why an outdated mental health system can fail people when they need support the most.

Instead of wellbeing advice like "go for a walk", we want to hear people addressing the barriers those of us with severe mental illness face in taking part in physical activity

As our survey* on physical activity shows, 72% of people living with mental illness would be more likely to join a gym or activity if instructors and coaches had a better knowledge of my mental health condition. And 78% say that having support from others would make them more likely to be physically active.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we want to encourage people to get moving in a way that works for them

Instead of judgement and neglect, we want to talk about how people with severe mental illness can thrive with access to more jobs, a better welfare system and a safe place to call home. 

There’s lots to be done. We can't keep standing still.

Let’s get moving this Mental Health Awareness Week.  

 

*This is an ongoing survey so this statistic is likely to change. Click here to take part in the survey.

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