Solent Mind campaign for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 asks for local businesses to play their part

Solent Mind is marking Mental Health Awareness Week in Hampshire – The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, a common feeling that can sometimes get out of control.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Solent Mind is asking local businesses and organisations to highlight the small things their staff and customers can do to look after their mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week, now in its 23rd year, runs from 15th-21st May and is hosted by the charity, Mental Health Foundation.

This year, the theme is ‘anxiety’. Across the UK, people are encouraged to get involved by sharing their experience of anxiety and the things that can help with the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety.

As part of the campaign, the Mental Health Foundation will publish guidance on how to manage and improve feelings of anxiety and prevent them from developing into a more serious mental health problem.

In Hampshire, Solent Mind wants to acknowledge and highlight the small things you can do for your mental health and to manage anxiety based on their five steps to wellbeing.

Solent Mind are providing local businesses and organisations with posters to display with the message “Looking after your mental health can look like…” and asking them to hand out business cards to customers and staff, which raise awareness of how they can support members of our communities but also support us.

Robert Wayman, Director of fundraising and external engagement at Solent Mind, said “Improving your mental health when can feel like a challenge, especially if you work in a busy or stressful environment. But there are some simple steps which you can do every single day to support you.

“Hampshire-based businesses and organisations engage with thousands of staff and customers daily. We hope they can help us spread the message about the small things you can do for your mental health.”

Alexa Charnley, Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Mental Health Foundation, said “This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re encouraging everyone to get involved by sharing their experiences of anxiety and the things that help with the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety. We hope people all over the UK will take part and help us to normalise conversations about anxiety and mental health.

“We hope the week helps people to feel more confident in talking about anxiety and how it affects them. Most importantly, we hope people understand more about what they can do to manage anxiety and what other support is available.”

Get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • Download the online resources and display a poster at your business, work, school or community group.
  • During Mental Health Awareness Week, use the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety to share experiences of anxiety and the things that help
  • Make 2023 the year you do something amazing and take on a fundraising challenge! On the 21 May, Solent Mind have a team of fundraisers abseiling down the spinnaker tower to raise money.