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Mental Health Awareness Week: Are we thriving, or just surviving?

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are going to look at mental health from a new angle.
"This year’s awareness week, promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on the idea that good mental health is more than the absence of a diagnosable condition."

Mental Health Awareness Week begins on 8th May this year, and with the steady increase in reported cases of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, there perhaps have been no more pertinent time to highlight the affliction of poor mental health that directly affects around one in five of us in any given year – and rising.

This year’s awareness week, promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on the idea that good mental health is more than the absence of a diagnosable condition, and that it is possible to be mentally “healthy” and a scale comparable to that which is universally accepted in the realm of physical health – the foundation aims to ask why too few of us are thriving with good mental health, rather than looking at the issue from the opposite perspective of why so many develop a diagnosable condition.

In OX May, our resident therapist Gillian Bridge answers the worries of a reader whose child was recently diagnosed with autism, and we explore the methods of improving the mental health of those with a terminal illness with three members of staff from Sobell House, as well as thinking about improving the wellbeing of the families involved after someone passes away.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, visit mentalhealth.org.

- Jack Rayner

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