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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 – 13th – 19th May

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week! Throughout the week we’ll be sharing resources to help support your mental health along with ways you can get involved and help No5 so we can support even more young people.

 

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is just like physical health – it’s something that we all have all of time, because we all have a body and a brain! Just like physical health, sometimes it can be good and other times it can be not so good.

Our mental health is:

  • How we feel about ourselves and those around us
  • Our thought processes
  • Our emotions
  • Our ability to make and keep friendships and relationships
  • Our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally

It’s important to remember that whilst 1 in 4 people will face a mental health difficulty in any given year, 4 in 4 of us have mental health and it is important we look after it!

 

Find out more about what mental health is in our dedicated fact sheet here!

 

What can I do to look after my mental health?

  • Take time for YOU and practice some self-care!

Make sure to schedule in some time to look after yourself and practice some self-care! This doesn’t have to be an hour-long yoga routine; it could just be spending some time playing a game you really enjoy or taking a 15-minute walk.

Our dedicated self-care page has some ideas and resources that can help get you started, including resources for sleep, stress, and breathing techniques – click here to check them out.

  • Be mindful of the content you are consuming!

During this week, there can be a lot more content appearing in our feeds, especially about mental health statistics and people’s personal stories about their mental health. Whilst it is great that these are being shared, it may also have an impact on our mental health if we are consuming too much. Try to take regular breaks and mute hashtags or keywords if you need to!

  • Find support for you in your area!
    It can be hard to know what support we need, and what is available, especially in your local area. Our signposting website, Looking for Direction, has been created by young people, for young people, with this is mind. Click here to find the right support for you.

 

How can I support No5 and local young people’s mental health?

  • Join our #5KinMay Challenge!

#5KinMay runs throughout the whole month and encourages participants to get active or creative with the goal of achieving 5,000 of something whilst helping No5 raise £5,000 for young people’s mental health.

This also fits in with the Mental Health Foundation theme for this years Mental Health Awareness week of Movement – learn more about their theme here!

Click here to find out more about the challenge and download your free challenge pack!

  • Have twice the impact with #Kind2Mind

This May, we are taking part in the Big Give’s #Kind2Mind match funding campaign to raise vital funds to support our work.

Between 14th – 28th May, your donation will be doubled when you donate via the Big Give, giving you to opportunity to make twice the difference!

Our goal is to raise £10,000 to deliver 206 counselling sessions for local young people in need of support.

Click here to find out more and make twice the difference!

  • Become a donor!

You can become a regular donor or give a one-off donation to No5 here. Your contribution allows us to meet more local young people and provide the support they need!

  • Take on a sponsored challenge

Maybe mental health awareness week isn’t the right time for you to get involved, but you want to help support young people’s mental health in the future. Why not plan to take on a sponsored challenge or join one of our fundraising campaigns later in the year like #BePurpleDay?

Click here to find out more and get some inspiration from our ‘Get Involved’ page!

 

 

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Your support through fundraising allows us to carry on supporting young people’s mental health.

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