Everything You Need To Know About Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

4th May 2022

In recent years, mental health has become one of the most talked-about health conditions, and for good reason. Unlike other conditions, mental health can be incredibly hard to diagnose as there are often no physical symptoms. If a sufferer is not forthcoming with talking about the struggles they are facing, mental health problems can actually go undetected. Struggling with mental health is completely normal, however many people will also struggle to vocalise when they are actually suffering. Mental health also rears its head in many different ways. 

In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, as well as some further information regarding mental health as a whole. Also, we will provide information for people that may be suffering from mental health conditions, especially on how they can get the help that they need. 

When is Mental Health Awareness Week 2022?

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is celebrated annually in the United Kingdom, and also around the world. In 2022, Mental Health Awareness Week is being held in May, from Monday the 9th to Sunday the 15th. Previously, the week has also been held in May, with 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week being held between Monday the 10th and Sunday the 16th of May. 

What is Mental Health Awareness Week 2022?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annually held awareness week that was designed in order to raise important attention towards the issue of mental health. The event was created over 20 years ago by the Mental Health Foundation, and has in recent years become one of the most well-known awareness days not just nationally, but globally. There is also a theme around Mental Health Awareness Week, with 2022 being no different. 

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is loneliness. The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has selected loneliness as the theme of the week in 2022 due to the increase in cases of loneliness as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The MHF believes that combating loneliness is a good way of tackling mental health as a whole, with many different issues being developed as a result of loneliness. There is also an invitation by the MHF to people taking part in Mental Health Awareness Month to share their stories of loneliness, an initiative that has been taken up by the MHF CEO Mark Rowland. The overlying message behind Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is to promote good mental health in all people, as well as providing a platform for people to feel comfortable talking about their mental health. 

What are the most common mental health issues?

Mental health conditions are becoming even more prominent, and are being spoken about now more than ever. There are many different mental health conditions that people suffer from, and all of the different types of conditions can have different symptoms that also vary from case to case. Unfortunately, there are some conditions that are much more common than others, the three most common mental health issues are:

  • Depression and Anxiety

Whilst the majority of people will experience a feeling of being down, there is a difference between feeling down for a few days and having diagnosable clinical depression. Depression may manifest as feeling sad and down for extended periods of time, be it multiple weeks or months. Anxiety can also go hand in hand with depression. People with anxiety will often feel uneasy, nervous, or scared to perform even simple tasks such as getting out of bed or going to the shops. People with anxiety may also feel these emotions ahead of stressful situations such as exams or interviews.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental condition that affects people that have been exposed to particularly traumatic events. People with PTSD will often relive memories of events that have left them scarred. This can occur during daydreams, flashbacks, or nightmares. Some events that can lead to PTSD include childbirth, car crashes, and violent attacks and assaults. One of the main groups of people that are prone to suffering from PTSD is servicemen and women in the army, navy, or air force. As well as this, people who work in the police, fire service, and the medical profession are also at a high risk of PTSD due to the nature of their work. 

  • Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, whilst they have clear physical effects, are one of the most dangerous mental health conditions that affect a large number of people. An eating disorder can affect people in many different ways, and there are many different types of eating disorders. Eating disorders can involve sufferers eating too much or too little, and can occur to anyone at any time. The majority of eating disorders will develop in people between the ages of 13 and 17, with the most common being anorexia, bulimia, and BED, which stands for binge eating disorder. It can be hard to treat people with eating disorders as it will need to be handled delicately. Due to the nature of eating disorders, the potential dangers can be great. Usually, these disorders are developed due to mental conditions that affect anxiety, self worth, and self esteem, so this will also need to be treated along with the physical condition. 

Is there any free mental support online? 

For people suffering with a mental health condition, getting the best help available is a necessity. There are lots of options out there for help, and if you feel you need it you should not hesitate. The NHS has a service that allows you to find a local mental health helpline 24 hours a day. It is also recommended that you speak to your doctor if you feel you are suffering. Your doctor will be able to refer you to a professional mental health professional, and can prescribe you a course of medication to help with issues such as depression and anxiety.