Monday marked the start of ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ running from 16-22 May 2016.
This year the theme is relationships and aims to encourage people to spend time investing in them.
There are events running across the country and social media engagement with the hashtag #RelationshipsResolution to highlight the significance positive relationships can play in people’s lives.
Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “It’s time to recognise the global body of evidence which tells us that people who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and live longer with fewer mental health problems.
“It’s striking that the influence of social relationships on the risk of death is comparable with well-established risk factors. We need to give ourselves permission to spend more of our time in the friendships and relationships that are core to our wellbeing.”
You can find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week, including an event guide online at www.mentalhealth.org.uk.