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It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

Updated: 4 days ago

‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.

Since 2001, the Mental Health Foundation has been leading Mental Health Awareness Week - bringing together the UK to focus on getting good mental health. Each May, millions of people from every part of society take part. They include people in schools and further education; private, public and charity sectors; families and individuals.

Why movement?

One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement.

Our bodies and our minds are connected, so looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health. Exercise releases “feel good” hormones, that reduce feelings of stress and anger. It also helps us feel better about our bodies. It can improve our sleep too. If it involves other people, like being part of a team, a class or group we see regularly, that can also boost our mental health.

Despite these benefits, so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines.

If you or your organisation is doing anything for Mental Health Awareness week, from a well-being walk to a scheduled event, let us know by writing a comment on this post below for us to share the amazing work you're involved in!

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