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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

By Ellie Nixon | 14th May 2024

‘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. (1)


'Movement: Moving more for our mental health'

This year's theme of "Movement: Moving more for our mental health" encourages individuals to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines to support their mental well-being.

Research has shown that exercise can have a positive impact on mental health by reducing stress, improving mood, and boosting self-esteem. Regular physical activity is also known to improve mental health, quality of life, and wellbeing. It also helps prevent and treat heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer, and more.

Despite these benefits being well established, over a third of UK adults do not meet the recommended amount of activity. One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement.

In a world where our minds are constantly occupied with various tasks and responsibilities, it is crucial to remember the significance of taking care of our mental health. As we embrace Mental Health Awareness Week in 2024, let us not only raise awareness but also take action towards improving our well-being.

Engaging in physical activities not only benefits our physical health but also plays a pivotal role in enhancing our mental well-being. Whether it's a walk in the park, a dance class, yoga or any other activity that resonates with you, the key is to find what brings you joy and works for you.

By prioritizing movement, we are nurturing our bodies as well as our minds. Together, we can create a supportive community that values and promotes healthier and happier lives for all.


Mental Health Foundation’s Work

Mental health is one of the most important foundations for a healthy and long life.

The Mental Health Foundation’s work involves:

  • Researching developing and advocating for new and more effective ways to support and protect good mental health
  • Running national campaigns and providing everyone with evidence-back advice and resources
  • Partnering with organisations across the UK and taking the valuable lessons learned and sharing solutions that are proven to work (1)