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Mental Health Events

There are a number of mental health events around the world that are intended to raise awareness of mental health challenges and to reduce the stigma of discussing mental health and to help educate and inform people how to support people with their well-being.

Mental health events. Illustration of a calendar.

A lot of events are annual, enabling workplaces and organisations to build a communications calendar that can build on the highlighted day/week for engagement with suppliers, staff, and customers.

If you check the websites of the event organisers/coordinators then most of them will provide downloadable resources including social media graphics, posters, and discussion guides to enable people to talk about the mental health events in an informed way,

A list of Mental Health Events

February

  • Time to Talk Day: encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
  • Children’s Mental Health Week: Raise awareness of the benefits of getting children to support at the earliest possible opportunity, and to encourage parents to talk openly with children about their feelings and getting help

March

  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week: International awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders
  • Self Injury Awareness Day: Raise awareness, understanding and empathy around self-harm, and reduce the number of people struggling in silence.
  • University Mental Health Day: National event to focus efforts on promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in Higher Education settings.
  • World Bipolar Day: Raise awareness of bipolar disorders and to improve sensitivity towards the illness.

April

  • Stress Awareness Month

May

  • UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week: A week-long event dedicated to talking about mental illness while pregnant or after having a baby.
  • Mental Health Awareness Week: – UK, annual week to raise awareness and discussion around a different theme each year.

June

  • Volunteers Week: Annual event run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations to celebrate volunteers and volunteering.
  • International Fathers’ Mental Health Day: The day following Father’s Day, this event looks to highlight key aspects of fathers’ mental health with particular attention paid to paternal postpartum depression.

September

  • World Suicide Prevention Day: Promoting worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

October

November

  • National Stress Awareness Day: Event raising awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and of the many mental health coping strategies and sources of help available to address it.
  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: People affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
  • Anti-bullying Week

More about Mental Health Events

Our list is non-exhaustive, and if you know of an event that we should add to our list, please tweet us at @nestandgrowcic.