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Mental Health Awareness Week

Every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. But too many of us aren’t getting the help we need.

It has never been more important to get the mental health conversation moving and Mental Health Awareness Week serves as an opportunity to highlight and share support resources for those in need.

The theme for this Mental Health Awareness Week is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health” and the Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to ‘move your way’ by finding something that moves your body and mind.

Over the course of this week we have a number of awareness raising activities planned for our colleagues and customers across Elim, and are encouraging everyone to get involved in any way they can.   

To kick the week off we are inviting colleagues to join our Around the World challenge on Strava | Mental Health Foundation to record the miles they walk, run or cycle as part of the MH Awareness Week with an aim to accumulatively reach the virtual distance between Elim’s homes for Gypsies and Travellers in Exeter (our most southern point), and our General Needs homes in Birmingham (our most northern point)!.

We will also be encouraging customers to get involved this week by organising events across our support schemes to get the conversation about mental health started, led by our Mental Health First Aiders who are on hand to provide support and signposting.

Further Support

When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, access to the right information is vital.

Mental health charity Mind is a good place to start and they can help with guidance, advice and information on your legal rights:

  • This helpful page offers information on types of mental health problems , support sources and treatment options.
  • It can be really worrying when someone you care about is going through a difficult time, and its important to look after your own wellbeing too- find out how.
  • Information for young people aged 11-18
  • It can be hard to understand what your rights are, or how to assert them - especially when you're unwell. Mind have put together a helpful guide with information on sectioning, advocacy and discrimination.

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