This year’s Mental Health Awareness campaign (16 – 22 May) took the theme of relationships, with new research released by the Mental Health Foundation. The research shows that more people regard maintaining healthy relationships as the most important factor to their wellbeing, compared to exercising or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Campaign to End Loneliness also announced their belief that social interaction can cut the risk of mortality and developing certain diseases, and help individuals to recover more quickly from illness.
Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, the Guardian Social Care Network and US website Social Work Helper joined forces for a Twitter chat to discuss social work and mental health. The chat focussed on the role social workers provide to those experiencing mental health issues, as well as the mental health of social workers themselves due to a tough job.
Children’s mental health services continued to be highlighted during the campaign. In the March 2015 budget the government promised an extra £250m a year for five years to mental health services for young people, pregnant women and new mothers. According to a report by the independent Mental Health Taskforce, between 2013-14 and 2014-15, Child and Mental Health Services referral rates increased five times faster than the workforce.
A further round up of news, events and information can be found by following #MHAW16 on Twitter.